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Magistrates Guidelines for Speeding Offences

Below are the Magistrates' sentencing guidelines for speeding offences. If you're looking to challenge a speeding offence at court, or before it reaches court, we highly recommend you speak to a solicitor. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please call us.

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The Speeding Guidelines

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89(10)

Triable only summarily
Maximum: Level 3 fine (level 4 if motorway)
Must endorse and may disqualify. If no disqualification, impose 3-6 points

Offence seriousness (culpability and harm)
A. Identify the appropriate starting point
Starting points based on first time offender pleading not guilty
Speed limit (MPH) Recorded Speed (MPH)
20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 50
30 31 - 40 41 - 50 51 - 60
40 41 - 55 56 - 65 66 - 75
50 51 - 65 66 - 75 76 - 85
60 61 - 80 81 - 90 91 - 100
70 71 - 90 91 - 100 101 - 110
Starting Point Band A Fine Band B Fine Band B Fine
Range Band A Fine Band B Fine Band B Fine
Points / Disqualification 3 Points 4 - 6 Points OR
Disqualify 7 - 28 days
6 Points OR
Disqualify 7 - 56 days

Offence seriousness (culpability and harm)
B. Consider the effect of aggravating and mitigating factors
(other than those within examples above)
Factors indicating higher culpability
  1. Poor road or weather conditions
  2. LGV, HGV, PSV etc.
  3. Towing caravan/trailer
  4. Carrying passengers or heavy load
  5. Driving for hire or reward
  6. Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above speed
Factors indicating greater degree of harm
  1. Location e.g. near school
  2. High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity
Factors indicating lower culpability
  1. Genuine emergency established

Advice on Speeding Offences

We've outlines some issues and defences that may arise when defending an allegation of speeding. Click to read more.

What Are The Fines?

Starting Point Range
Fine Band A 50% of relevant weekly income 25 - 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B 100% of relevant weekly income 75 - 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C 150% of relevant weekly income 125 - 175% of relevant weekly income

Maximum Level Fines

Level 1 £200
Level 2 £500
Level 3 £1000
Level 4 £2500
Level 5 £5000

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