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Big rise in speeding fines

Motorists who break the speed limits are facing bigger financial penalties.

From April 24 they could be fined a maximum of £2,500 instead of the current £1,000.

The Daily Mirror newspaper reports the penalty can be 150 per cent of their weekly income, rather than the existing level of 100 per cent.

The increase follows a consultation in 2016 that argued previous guidelines did not properly take into account the potential harm of speeding - and the risks it poses to the public.

The Sentencing Council said: "For speeding offences, the Council is introducing a new higher penalty for the most serious offenders.

"This follows calls from respondents to the consultation who said that the previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the speed limit increases.

"The Council has therefore increased the penalty for the top band of seriousness to ensure that there is clear increase in fine level as the seriousness of offending increases.

"This means fines for these offenders will have a starting point of 150 per cent of weekly income rather than the existing level of 100 per cent of weekly income."

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