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          Speeding sentences


New Speeding Sentencing

Triable only summarily:
Maximum: Level 3 fine (level 4 if motorway)

Offence range: Band A fine B and C fine
User guide for this offence

Steps 1 and 2 Determining the offence seriousness

The starting point applies to all offenders irrespective of plea or previous convictions.
Speed limit (mph) Recorded speed (mph)  
2041 and above31 4021 30
3051 and above41 5031 40
4066 and above56 6541 55
5076 and above66 7551 65
6091 and above81 9061 80
70101 and above91 10071 90
Sentencing range Band C fine Band B fine Band A fine
Points/disqualificationDisqualify 7 56 days OR 6 pointsDisqualify 7 28 days OR 4 6 points3 points

• Must endorse and may disqualify. If no disqualification impose 3 6 points

• Where an offender is driving grossly in excess of the speed limit the court should consider a disqualification in excess of 56 days.

Band ranges

 Starting point Range
Fine Band A 50% of relevant weekly income 25 75% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band B 100% of relevant weekly income75 125% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band C 150% of relevant weekly income125 175% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band D 250% of relevant weekly income200 300% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band E 400% of relevant weekly income300 500% of relevant weekly income
Fine Band F 600% of relevant weekly income500 700% of relevant weekly income

The court should then consider further adjustment for any aggravating or mitigating factors. The following is a non-exhaustive list of additional factual elements providing the context of the offence and factors relating to the offender. Identify whether any combination of these, or other relevant factors, should result in an upward or downward adjustment from the sentence arrived at so far.

Factors increasing seriousness

Statutory aggravating factors:

• Previous convictions, having regard to a) the nature of the offence to which the conviction relates and its relevance to the current offence; and b) the time that has elapsed since the conviction

• Offence committed whilst on bail

• Other aggravating factors:

• Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision

• Poor road or weather conditions

• Driving LGV, HGV, PSV etc.

• Towing caravan/trailer

• Carrying passengers or heavy load

• Driving for hire or reward

• Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above speed

• Location e.g. near school

• High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

Factors reducing seriousness or reflecting personal mitigation

• No previous convictions or no relevant/recent convictions

• Good character and/or exemplary conduct

• Genuine emergency established

Step 3 Consider any factors which indicate a reduction, such as assistance to the prosecution
The court should take into account sections 73 and 74 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (assistance by defendants: reduction or review of sentence) and any other rule of law by virtue of which an offender may receive a discounted sentence in consequence of assistance given (or offered) to the prosecutor or investigator.

Step 4 Reduction for guilty pleas

The court should take account of any potential reduction for a guilty plea in accordance with section 144 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Guilty Plea guideline.

Step 5 Totality principle
If sentencing an offender for more than one offence, or where the offender is already serving a sentence, consider whether the total sentence is just and proportionate to the overall offending behaviour in accordance with the Offences Taken into Consideration and Totality guideline.

Step 6 Compensation and ancillary orders
In all cases, the court should consider whether to make compensation and/or other ancillary orders.

Step 7 Reasons
Section 174 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty to give reasons for, and explain the effect of, the sentence.
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