Research reveals that less than a third (31%) oppose the rich paying more for speeding fines.

A report today has revealed that just under a third (31%) of British people oppose making speeding fines in the UK reflective of a person’s income. The research of over 2,000 adults, conducted by YouGov, asked the nation if speeding fines should reflect wealth, meaning that those with higher incomes pay more, with less than (31%) of those questioned opposed to the idea.

The results come on the back of a number of high profile speeding offences that have been met with relatively poultry fines. In August, Peter Crouch who earns £60,000 a week at Stoke, was fined £1,000 for speeding at 48mph in a 30mph zone. In March, Carlos Teves, who earns over £100,000 a week at Manchester City, was fined £60 for driving at 38mph in a 30 mph zone.

Currently, fines for motoring offences in the UK are not reflective of how much a person earns, and are standardised for all motorists regardless of wealth. Presently, the maximum speeding fine that can be incurred in the UK is £60. For a case referred to Court, the maximum is £1,000, except for motorway offences, where the maximum is £2,500.

Germany, France, Austria and the Nordic countries issue punishments based on a person's wealth. In Germany the maximum fine can be as much as £16 million compared to only £1 million in Switzerland. In 2010, a Swedish driver faced the world’s biggest ever motoring fine of over half a million pounds when he was clocked driving at 180mph in Switzerland. Only Finland regularly hands out similarly hefty fines to speeding drivers, with the current record believed to be a £190,000 for a ticket in 2004.

Phill Jones, Commercial Director of commented:

“Recent high profile cases of affluent drivers flagrantly breaking the law demonstrates that the current structure of fines in the UK does not carry enough of a deterrent for wealthy drivers. It’s simply not fair that the reprimand for speeding can carry the same fine for those who earn tenfold what an ordinary British person earns.

“A change in the law is necessary to reflect the fact that speeding is completely unacceptable, and not something someone can just afford to do.”

Speed sign by CT Cooper (PD)

Speed sign by CT Cooper (PD)

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