Speeding fines could be on the up

Speeding
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"In the future you could potentially be smacked with a whopping £10,000 fine if you're charged with speeding on a motorway. Now that's quite the price to pay for making sure you get home for Game of Thrones"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

If you're partial to putting pedal to the metal, you might think again now that there are plans to quadruple the maximum fine for speeding. Yes, quadruple!

In the future you could potentially be smacked with a whopping £10,000 fine if you're charged with speeding on a motorway. Now that's quite a price to pay for making sure you get home for Game of Thrones.

It's not just speeding on the motorways that might see an increase in penalty fines either, breaking the limit on any other type of road now has a maximum fine of £4,000 raised from a previously meagre in comparison, £1,000.

And the same goes to all those who decide it's a good idea to answer their phone whilst driving too. FYI it never is, even if Brad Pitt/Cameron Diaz/insert generic celebrity crush here, is calling to invite you round for a sexy hot tub party.

James McLoughlin of road safety charity Brake said: "Speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads and, through the support we provide our victims of road crashes, we bear witness to the devastating effects of speeding.

"Limits are there for a reason, and more needs to be done to deter those who choose to put other road users at risk by breaking them."

However, as you can imagine, some drivers aren't too happy about the new arrangement and a number of motoring associations have questioned whether it'll prevent perfectly innocent drivers challenging speeding tickets they receive for fear of being slapped with an insurmountable charge.

President of the Automobile Association (AA), Edmund King said: "For the vast majority of drivers the prospect of the £2,500 fine is a pretty good deterrent against excessive speeding on the motorway.

"We would not condone excessive speeding in any way but fines have to be proportionate to the offence and one has to question whether increasing the fines four-fold is proportionate, and it probably is not."

So, if you're a bit of a speed demon, maybe stick to push-bikes should the new fines be introduced… But hold on just one second,  because the fine for unauthorised cycle racing on public ways may be increased to £800 too.

Probably best to just walk then…