Do not speed, the penalties have just gone up and even worse it’s more likely that you will be disqualified!
Today the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for speeding offences. Even though they cannot be used by the Courts until 24 April 2017 that means if you are stopped or trigger a safety camera today and you are not eligible for a fixed penalty by the time your case comes to Court these are the guidelines which will be followed.
The national press are correct in the fact that fines have been increased but more worrying is the subtle change in the way the new guidelines are set out. Before the recommendation of points came before a disqualification now it is the other way round and the guideline positively encourages disqualification for excessive speeds. It remains to be seen how the Court’s will interpret the guideline and whether there is a move to disqualifying drivers for lower speeds. Most people can live with a higher fine but disqualification from driving can have a devastating effect upon the driver and others who rely on that person.
If you are caught speeding and have to go to Court speak to a solicitor. At Minton Morrill we have a team of specialists who have years of experience of retaining peoples driving licences.
However the best advice is do not take the risk just slow down!