New speeding fines have recently been introduced whereby motorists can be charged up to 175% of their weekly wage (subject to a cap of £2,500). In addition to the variable fine motorists could also receive between three and six penalty points.
The clampdown on speeding fines is as a result of the number of offences that are occurring, with some studies suggesting speeding offences in the UK have increased by 44% over the past five years.
Motorists who are driving ‘grossly in excess of the speed limit’ could not only be hit with an increased fine but could receive a disqualification ‘in excess of 56 days’. These new rules could have consequences not just for employees, but also for employers as more motorists could be disqualified from driving for longer.
Employers should therefore ensure they have appropriate policies in place setting out the business’s position that employees are expected to attend work as per usual even when disqualified from driving. For employees whose role requires them to be on the road due consideration will need to be given as to the possible consequences of them being prevented from performing their role.
For further information about the new speeding fine requirements and how it could affect your business, please contact us on [email protected] or call us on 0118 952 7284.
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