According to new research, eight out of every 10 drivers are unaware of the changes to the new speeding fines in the UK.

In a survey carried out by Honest John, 84% of respondents said they didn’t know what the new sentencing guidelines – which come into force next Monday – meant, while more than half (56%) were completely unaware that the penalties for speeding were changing.

New Rules Being Introduced by the Sentencing Council

New rules being introduced by the Sentencing Council could see motorists charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage for major offences and up to 50 per cent for minor offences.

There is a cap of £1,000 on speeding offences, or £2,500 if it was committed on the motorway.

For example a driver who earns £50,000 a year would have to pay a fine of £1,000 for travelling 41mph in a 20mph zone.’s Managing Editor, Daniel Powell, said: “While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads, and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.”

Speed Awareness Course

New drivers, committing a first time offence can still benefit from a speed awareness course which would stop the points being applied to their licence.

“While the new fines are clearly a deterrent, the bigger issue here is that prevention is better than cure,” added Powell.

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