Road safety organisation, GEM Motoring Assist, has welcomed this week’s announcement from the Sentencing Council that speeding fines for the most serious offences in England and Wales are to rise by up to 50 per cent.
This means that drivers caught at 101mph or above on a motorway could face a fine of up to 150 per cent of their weekly income. The current fine is up to 100 per cent of weekly income, up to a maximum of £1000, or £2500 for motorway infringements.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said the increased penalties sent the right message to drivers about the dangers of driving to fast. “Illegal or inappropriate speeds remain a significant road safety problem,” he commented.
Worth continued: “If more people complied with speed limits, there would be fewer deaths and injuries on our roads; it’s as simple as that. We therefore welcome the increase in fines, as we know the enforcement of speed limits plays a vital role in road safety.”
He concluded: “As drivers and riders, we are all responsible for the speeds we choose. No one can tell us to break the speed limit. So we urge every driver and rider to take that responsibility seriously and to play their part in making our roads safer.”