Speeding Fines Are Due To Go Up And It Could Cost You Serious Money

These are the cameras you never smile for. And, from next month, chances are they'll be making you sob more than when E.T. went home. From April, fine increases could see you forking out up to £2,500 if you're caught over the speed limit.

The current maximum fine for a speeding offence is a tasty £1,000 - but now this is set to increase by 150 percent. Ouch.

It follows warnings from breakdown company Green Flag which claims speeding offences have risen by 44 percent over the past five years.

It's not the only price increase we're about to see either.

The news comes just days after LADbible reported the cost of smoking will also shoot up from May.

A packet of fags will now cost a minimum of £8.82, with 10 decks no longer sold and rolling tobacco packs weighing less than 30g also banned.

The laws have come in to place, obviously, to try and cut down on the number of smokers. And with flavoured tobacco being phased out, it's hoped the younger people will be stopped from ever picking up the habit.

The speeding fines, which also have a safety focus, will come in from April 24 when offenders could be charged up to 175 percent of their weekly income.

Fines are divided into three brackets: A, B and C - all depending on the seriousness of the offence.

Band A: 1-10mph over the speed limit. A fine of 25-75 percent of weekly wage.

Band B: 11-21mph over the speed limit. A fine of 75-125 percent of weekly wage.

Band C: 21+ mph over the speed limit. A fine of 125-175 percent of weekly wage.

It's Band C where the threat of the £2,500 fine seems most likely, but let it not be said that you haven't been warned.

The Sentencing Council, the body which determines the punishments for UK lawbreakers, said fines are being increased to ensure that there is a 'clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases'.

First-time offenders can, possibly, get away without a fine through the speed awareness course.

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Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

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