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Six ways new speeding laws with tougher penalties could affect drivers in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 10:59 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 23 April 2017

Average speed cameras on the A14 by the Orwell Bridge.

Average speed cameras on the A14 by the Orwell Bridge.

Speeding fines are going up from tomorrow – with penalties doubling for motorists clocked doing more than 20mph above the limit.

Policeman with a speed gun. Picture: ARCHANTPoliceman with a speed gun. Picture: ARCHANT

Here are six things you need to know about the new rules being imposed by the Sentencing Council, and how they could affect you.

1. Magistrates have been instructed to get tougher on drivers breaking the speed limit – so the new laws will be used to sentence adult offenders in all magistrates’ courts in England and Wales from April 24, 2017.

2. Speeders who commit the most serious offences will be dealt with using the most severe fining category Band C.

This includes motorists clocked doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph, 91mph in a 60mph and 101mph in a 70mph.

3. Doing these speeds could see offenders given a minimum fine of 150% of their weekly income.

They could also face a 56-day ban – and the upper limit for fines is 175% depending on how much the speeder earns and how far over the limit they were.

4. Motorists caught speeding will also face more points on their licence, or a disqualification, depending on the severity of the offence committed.

5. People who use sat navs could also be in for a shock, as results of a new survey reveal one in six motorists have been told the wrong speed limit by the device.

More than half (56%) the 1,783 UK driving licence holders tested did not know the correct speed limits for single and dual carriageways.

In the wake of the survey results, the Sentencing Council is urging drivers to update their sat navs to avoid getting caught.

6. Penalties are still capped at £1,000 for normal roads and £2,500 for motorways.

The minimum penalty for speeding remains a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your driving licence.

Visit the Sentencing Council website for more details.

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