As of 24 April 2017 increased speeding fines have been introduced into a 3 band system, which is linked to the amount of speed the driver was doing above the specified speed limit. The new fines are designed to reflect the seriousness of the offence, with fines of up to around 150% of the driver's weekly income.
The speeding fine is capped at £2,500 for those caught on the motorway, and £1,000 for non motorway speeding.
In one of my earlier blogs I first discussed the topic of driverless cars and to what extent they could make our roads safer. I have also touched earlier on the increased fines for using a mobile phone whilst driving.
What is clear is that there is a clampdown on speeding fines due to the number of offences that are occurring in the UK.
According to Green Flag the amount of speeding offences in the UK has increased by 44 per cent over the past five years.
Another form of speeding is driving too fast or too close to the vehicle in front in dangerous road conditions. This can include on snowy and icy roads, in severe fog and on slippery surfaces during heavy rain. All these factors can reduce the amount of braking distance a car needs to slow down in sufficient time. A driver who encounters poor road conditions and speeds is putting themselves and others unnecessarily at risk.
Any type of speeding increases an individual’s risk of being involved in a car accident. A speeding car often cannot stop in time to avoid a collision with another motorist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or cyclist. Speeding can force a driver to employ dangerous driving manoeuvres such as swerving and slamming on brakes which increases the chance of an accident. In addition, a speeding car crashes with greater impact due to its high rate of velocity. This results in more severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. It will be interesting to see how this area of technology develops in the future. If it reduces the risk of serious accidents and fatalities then in my view it can only be a positive move by the Government to invest in autonomous driving in the future.
Siobhan Thomas is an Associate at Moore Blatch specialising in serious injuries including those suffered following a road traffic accident. Call our Freephone number on 0800 1570 7611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require legal assistance in making a compensation claim.
Founder Prof Paul Newman, of Oxford University, said: "We're moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles - and what's interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when, and why." The project is backed by an £8.6m government grant and involves an insurance company, which will assess the risks involved at each stage of the journey. The UK government has committed about £100m in total towards autonomous driving projects and has said it wants Britain to "lead the way in developing" the tech.