New Speeding Guidelines

News from the BVRLA:

Stricter punishments for motorists caught driving too fast or while under the influence of alcohol come into force today (24 April).

The new speeding guidelines place a stronger emphasis on disqualifications rather than penalty once the offence falls outside the lowest bracket of speeding e.g. not more than 10mph above the speed limit. However, drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway can now be fined 150% of their weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. Second category drink-driving offences will be treated more seriously, as new Sentencing Council guidelines give courts the scope to impose community orders in relation to breath readings of between 60g to 89g alcohol. Currently this category of offence is limited to a fine and ban.

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