It was reported today (7th July 2012) in the Telegraph Newspaper, that fines against motorists for offences such as speeding are to be increased under new legislation. It being suggested that fines for offences such as speeding would increase by up to £100. Is this true?
The answer to this is perhaps a confusing yes and no.
For those who are unfamiliar with court proceedings, the financial penalty which you receive from the court is usually made up of three elements; these being (a) the fine; (b) court costs; and (c) a victim impact surcharge.
Fines will not technically increase, as these will be unaltered. However, the victim impact surcharge which applies to all motorists convicted before the court and currently stands at £15 is set to increase.
The new rate for the victim impact surcharge will range between £15 and £120, depending upon both the nature of the offence and the means of the offender.
The effect of this will mean that any person convicted of a motoring offence before the court, as of October when these increases are to come into force, will see an increase in the overall financial penalty which is paid to the court.
For those motorists who are dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, this change will not have any effect. However, they are unlikely to get away unscathed with recent proposals from the Transport Minister, Mike Penning to increase Fixed Penalties from the current £60 to £90. We will keep you updated on developments on this subject.
Neil Davies, Principal Solicitor