From April 2017, magistrates will have the power to impose more
punitive sentences on motoring offenders. Tougher sentences for
drivers convicted of motoring offences could lead to a rise in
lengthy bans and larger fines.
The harsher punishments, set to be introduced in April, follow
an increase in Magistrates' Courts' sentencing powers and a
consultation held by the Sentencing Council last year.
The tougher sentences will also follow the recent publication of
figures by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), which
show a dramatic rise in the number of motorists who received
driving bans in the last financial year. In 2015-2016, almost
10,000 more drivers received driving bans than in 2014-15.
As a result of the changes to magistrates' sentencing powers
in March 2015, magistrates are now able to order defendants to pay
unlimited fines; previously there existed a £5,000 cap on
magistrates' sentencing power.
Arguably the most notable increase in motoring sentences is for
speeding offences, which will see drivers paying far greater
Respondents to the consultation called for the Sentencing
Council to take into account the increase in potential harm that
can result from drivers travelling at the fastest speeds.
Currently, motorists driving at 60mph in a 40mph zone are not given
a more punitive sentence than those travelling at 70mph. This is
because the sentencing guidelines currently dispose of both these
offences via Band B fines, which imposes a financial penalty of 100
percent of the defendant's weekly income.
From April, motorists travelling at the following speeds will be
ordered to pay a Band C fine, which imposes a financial penalty of
150 percent of the defendant's weekly income.
41 and above
51 and above
66 and above
76 and above
91 and above
101 and above
The guidelines will be used to sentence adult offenders in all
Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales from 24 April
At Blaser Mills, our team of specialist motoring lawyers have a
track record of success in representing clients charged with:-
Driving while disqualified
Driving without a valid licence
and/or insurance policy
Driving with excess alcohol
Drunk in charge
Failure to provide specimens for
Our road traffic offence lawyers can help you from the moment
you become aware that you may be charged or summonsed for a
motoring offence, through to the conclusion of any Court
proceedings. In some cases we may be able to help you avoid Court
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