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Harsher penalties for speeding drivers from next week
Thursday 20th April 2017 @ 07:44 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Drivers across Tameside who are caught speeding could face much tougher penalties when new sentencing guidelines come in to force next week.

All motorists who commit the most serious speeding offences will face much harsher fines from Monday (April 24).

Courts in England and Wales will have the power to issue longer sentences and stiffer fines, as a result of strict new guidelines designed to make drivers think twice.

The tougher penalties for serious offenders will see some drivers face fines of up to 150 per cent of their weekly income.

The minimum penalty for speeding in the UK is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence, while the maximum fine is £1,000 and £2,500 for the most serious motorway offences.

When the new guidelines are introduced next week, anyone caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph zone could be disqualified for up to 56 days and fined up to 175 per cent of their weekly income.

Those caught caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone or 66mph in a 40mph zone could be fined up to 150 per cent of their weekly income.

The changes have been made after a consultation held by The Sentencing Council last year that argued existing guidelines failed to take into account the potential harm of speeding – and the risks it poses to the public.

The Sentencing Council said the move aims to ensure there is a “clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases”.