Speeding – how fast is too fast?
by Fiona Taylor
Are your work vehicles being driven too fast?
Is speeding an issue that you need to be aware of in your business? The most serious speeding offences will now have tougher fines.
According to an article in Fleetworld, drivers caught for the most serious speeding offences are set to face much tougher fines under new sentencing guidelines introduced following consultation.
Effective from 24 April, the new guidelines for magistrates’ courts in England and Wales will introduce a new higher penalty – ‘Band C’ – which will sit alongside the existing two bands and cover drivers whose offences fall within the highest bracket of seriousness in the speeding guideline.
This means that fines for such motorists will start from 150% of their weekly income rather than the existing level of 100%.
Examples include motorists driving above 51mph in a 30mph limit and 101mph or faster in a 70mph zone.
Following calls from respondents the new guidelines are being introduced. They said the previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the speed limit increases.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams welcomed the change on speeding.
He said: “Anyone who breaks the limit excessively is a danger to every other road user. Hopefully, hitting these offenders harder in the pocket will make them think twice before doing it again in the future. While greater sentences for excessive speeders are obviously a deterrent, the best deterrent of all is more effective enforcement.”
Access the new guidelines on the Sentencing Council website www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk
Can Satmo help reduce your speeding?
Do you absolutely know that your drivers are also driving under the speed limit? It is easy enough in traffic to find yourself driving like those around you. Consequently you end up doing a couple of miles per hour over the limit. Maybe the roads are quiet early in the morning and they want to get to their destination quickly. However you have a duty of care as their employer to make sure that they are driving safely.
First of all, the Satmo tracking system will show you the speeds traveled by your tracked vehicles, and where the speeding incidents occurred.
Customers configure the system to highlight speeding events over a certain mark. As a result these can then be fed back to the drivers in a 1-1 coaching session.
To learn more about the Satmo vehicle system why not have a live demo – just leave us your details here and we will do the rest.