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Speeding offences on the rise despite harsher penalties

The number of speeding prosecutions has risen by almost 20% in the last five years despite the introduction of harsher financial penalties in 2017.

In the last five years, the number of speeding prosecutions has risen by almost 20%

Analysis by Churchill Car of Insurance of Ministry of Justice quarterly figures shows that the number of drivers caught for not obeying speed restrictions increased by 19% (189,109) between 2014 and 2018. And nearly 30,000 more drivers were proceeded against last year than in 2014 – the equivalent of 16 more every day.

That’s despite the introduction two years ago of a new penalty structure that means drivers convicted of the highest level of speeding can be fined 150% of their gross weekly income as well as receive six points or a disqualification of up to 56 days.

Churchill’s research also reveals that speeding cost Britain’s drivers a massive £162.5m in fines last year, with the average fine costing £222. The value of speeding tickets has increased by 24% (£179) since 2014.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.