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Six ways new speeding laws with tougher penalties could affect drivers in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 10:59 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 23 April 2017

Average speed cameras on the A14 by the Orwell Bridge.

Average speed cameras on the A14 by the Orwell Bridge.

Speeding fines are going up from tomorrow – with penalties doubling for motorists clocked doing more than 20mph above the limit.

Policeman with a speed gun. Picture: ARCHANT Policeman with a speed gun. Picture: ARCHANT

Here are six things you need to know about the new rules being imposed by the Sentencing Council, and how they could affect you.

1. Magistrates have been instructed to get tougher on drivers breaking the speed limit – so the new laws will be used to sentence adult offenders in all magistrates’ courts in England and Wales from April 24, 2017.

2. Speeders who commit the most serious offences will be dealt with using the most severe fining category Band C.

This includes motorists clocked doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph, 91mph in a 60mph and 101mph in a 70mph.

3. Doing these speeds could see offenders given a minimum fine of 150% of their weekly income.

They could also face a 56-day ban – and the upper limit for fines is 175% depending on how much the speeder earns and how far over the limit they were.

4. Motorists caught speeding will also face more points on their licence, or a disqualification, depending on the severity of the offence committed.

5. People who use sat navs could also be in for a shock, as results of a new survey reveal one in six motorists have been told the wrong speed limit by the device.

More than half (56%) the 1,783 UK driving licence holders tested did not know the correct speed limits for single and dual carriageways.

In the wake of the survey results, the Sentencing Council is urging drivers to update their sat navs to avoid getting caught.

6. Penalties are still capped at £1,000 for normal roads and £2,500 for motorways.

The minimum penalty for speeding remains a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence.

Visit the Sentencing Council website for more details.

10 comments

  • This will always be a double edged sword. Whilst some people should not even be behind the wheel of a car(God knows how they got through the test), there are other more experienced motorists who "safely" speed on major roads, and I mean those who drive for a living and perhaps go +10% over the given limit. Unfortunately it only takes a less experienced driver going under the limit a moment of madness( checking mobile, lighting a fag, drinking, tuning the radio, selecting tune on ipod.....etc) to cause a potentially lethal outcome. More should be done to enforce driver ability.....

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    streetwise

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Well put put Waspie, most people agree with you.Anyway last day of speeding on the cheap

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    A young OAP

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Suffolk speed limits are crazy all thanks to Peter Monk he thought it was a fabulous idea to make all villages 30mph regardless of hazard. Take A134 Alpheton it's 30 mph with no serious hazards but residential streets in Sudbury its 30mph too, with lots of hazards..they just don't make sense!!

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    buster65

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • How many drivers of "Transit" size vans stick to their legal limit of 60mph on the A12 A14? I've often seen police vans from Martlesham HQ disappearing into distance while I stick to the limit. I presume the mobile speed camera vehicle is a minibus so 70mph is OK for it. Modern front facing average speed cameras are a blessing for motorcyclists, they only have an index plate on the back. People get really annoyed if you stick to 29mph in a 30 but I drive a van with my companies name plastered all over it. I agree that some 30 limits are difficult to stick to....30mph seams so much slower than 35mph...why not have 35mph limits? Why does it have to be rounded up to the nearest 10?. I haven't had a ticket for years....so I've probably tempted fate now ; )

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    fnutboy

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • sorry got me dates mixed up...should be 1992....the devil Blair made matters worse in 1997!!!

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    waspie

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • I'm all for speed enforcement...BUT....with discretion. Hands up anyone who has not driven at 34 mph in a 30mph zone in their lives..?? Well that's the speed at which YOU WILL be given a £100 fine and penalty points in Suffolk if 'caught' doing this speed. While the civilian operator working the camera is taking a photo of you committing this horrendous crime a drunk or drugged up driver or uninsured driver who luckily is driving at 28mph goes scot free only to miss a red light further down the road and kill another innocent driver. How do you stop this....Police traffic patrols. In 1979, Suffolk had at it's HQ's 12 marked traffic motorcycles with another 4 at Bury St Edmunds and a further 3 at Halesworth...WITH...the officers to man each one. How many motorcyclists now on Suffolk's roads each day as a Patrol ( not special events or wide loads or mixed roadside conglomerations with other services ) ?? None....!!!! As Brucie would say.." What do cameras make? Cameras make money." As for cthulu and the police 'lording it..' you can blame left leaning handwringing liberals for the state of our 'modern' police service and an arrogant Tory home secretary Kenneth Clarke who in 1997 made the Police Force as it was into a business run by businessmen in Police Uniforms.

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    waspie

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Would help if they didn't start imposing new slow speed limits on roads that were fine beforehand. Some 30 limits drag on well beyond the last house in a village and you can see why some drivers speed up again early. Also a lot of signs are dirty or hidden in hedges especially with the council struggling to fill potholes, let alone cut hedges!

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    Will Rogers

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Suffolk police will love this - a chance to lord it over decent folk. How about doing something about the criminality, drugs, prostitution, grooming gangs and violence in Ipswich? This does nothing for confidence in the police, but makes it ever more obvious that to them, the general public is the enemy. (That is with the exception of their favourite pets...)

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    cthulu

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Great shame there was no speed camera in Sproughton Rd last evening around 8p.m when two idiots in Audi 4 door saloons raced each other down towards the Morrisons roundabout at about 70 mph on the wrong side of the road before finally parking up outside the bowling alley. They hardly made it round the corner into the car park. If I had had a dashcam I would have reported them to the police. There should be an IQ test for suitability before beginning on a course of driving lessons.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • The issue is not not knowing the speed limits for single and dual carriageway roads it is the inconsistent other limits imposed often with inadequate or missing signage. If the government cracked down on councils who don't maintain signage then there would be less need for enforcement. As things stand it's in the interest of the enforcers to confuse road users as much as they can.

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, April 21, 2017

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