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Speeding Fines Guidelines

If you have to attend a magistrates court for your speeding offence, it is either because your speed has been too great to be dealt with by fixed penalty notice, you have a foreign licence or you chose to defend your speeding case when you were offered the fixed penalty notice

 

Speeding Fines

To see which speeds are dealt with by fixed penalty notice go here

To see how many points you will get on your licence go here

This page will tell you how the magistartes will calculate your fine if you are found guilty of a speeding offence

 

The fine for speeding is within Band A for 3 point offences and Band B for offences for which 4, 5 or 6 points is the licence points endorsement. Costs and victim support surcharge may be added.

Band A = Starting point at 50% of relevant weekly income, with a range from 25% to 75%.
Band B = Starting point at 100% of relevant weekly income, with a range from 75% to 125%

What is Relevant Weekly Income?

This is the income used by Magistrates when the amount of fine to be imposed.

Employed or self employed:

Relevant weekly income is any amount of money the offender earns per week after tax and national insurance that is more than £100.00 per week.

For those on state benefit or low incomes:

If an offender earns or receives less than £100 per week then their relevant weekly income is deemed to be £100. Benefits are not taken into account.

Instalments
A fine is payable in full on the day it is imposed. However periodic payments may be allowed as long as any fines are paid within 12 months. The maximum weekly payment for those on state benefits should rarely exceed £5

An offender is asked to fill out a financial means form. Where an offender fails to fill out such a form or gives insufficient reliable information, the court is entitled to make any determination it sees fit regarding the financial means of the offender. When no information is given, magistrates proceed on the basis of an assumed relevant weekly income of £350.00.

Savings

Savings are not taken into account in deciding the level of fine but may be taken into account where an applicant applies to pay in installments, .

Where an offender has little or no income but does have substantial savings, the court may consider it appropriate to adjust the amount of fine to reflect this.

The aim is for the fine to have an equal impact on offenders with different financial circumstances; it should be a hardship but should not force the offender below a reasonable subsistence level.