Speeding drivers will soon face much higher fines and stricter penalties. On April 24 2017, new guidelines set by the Sentencing Council will come into effect in the UK. Those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125 and 175 per cent of their relevant weekly income.
How big are the changes for speeding drivers?
Having fines means tested is the biggest change here. Previously, a driver could be confident that the maximum fine they would get would be around £5000. Now that fine could be huge for high earners. If a top-level footballer, who earns £300,000 a week, was caught driving at 102mph he could face a fine of more than £500,000. Meanwhile, an 18-year old driver who works 40 hours a week on the minimum wage would be subject to a fine of just less than £400 for the same speed.