Government proposes new speeding points system
20 November 2008
Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick is today expected to publish a consultation paper containing new proposals for speeding penalties, which include six points for being caught at more than 20mph over the limit.
The proposals are also expected to include a new lower minimum points level for going only fractionally over the speed limit.
According to national newspaper reports the six-point penalty will occur when caught at between 20 and 30mph over the prevailing speed limit, for example 50mph-60mph in a 30mph zone or 90-100mph in a 70mph dual carriageway or motorway.
Travelling at more than 30mph above the speed limit will continue to mean a driving ban and hefty fine.
More than a million drivers have six points or more on their licences and, under the new proposals, one further offence could see them banned.
The likelihood for fleet managers is not only a further increase in paperwork, but that licence checking will become even more important as drivers try to hide the fact that they have lost their licences through accumulating points.