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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.

More than two million UK speeding tickets issued in 2016

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

Analysis by Churchill Car 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 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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