Published on Monday 08 January 2018 in Van News
Over half of UK motorists speed on the way to work
Getting the UK's speeding numbers down is something that the Government has been working on for years. Even with the threat of strict penalties, this still doesn't seem to deter some drivers. Vanarama's Laura Day takes a closer look.
Click4Reg.co.uk recently carried out a survey on speeding fines. Out of 3,014, male and female drivers from around the UK, it was found that more than half (58.3%) of drivers speed when they are running late for work.
Facts and figures
The survey also found that two-thirds (66.7%) of people speed because they "like the thrill of driving fast", with 64.3% admitting they were likely to speed on a motorway.
Over 2 million drivers were prosecuted for speeding last year, marking a six-year high. With this in mind, Click4Reg.co.uk carried out research to highlight the serious financial impact that speeding can have.
Fines and penalisations
With new speeding penalties introduced in April last year, this means that the worst offenders can now be fined up to 150% of their weekly salary!
The minimum 'Band A' fine is 3 penalty points and 50% of a driver's weekly income. So, for those earning the UK average annual salary of £27,271, they will have to pay £262.22. That equates to working for 20 hours, just to pay for a speeding ticket.
This means you'll be working for 2 and a half days for NOTHING, because during these hours your hard-earned cash will be going straight in to the Government's pocket to repay your debt.
Elie Fakhoury, Managing Director of Click4Reg.co.uk, highlights: "Despite good intentions from the Government by increasing the speeding penalties, shockingly, the financial cost doesn't seem to be a harsh enough deterrent for some drivers."
She goes on to add that "this is something that must be amended by the Government to attempt to put an end to the rising speeding fines and number of fatalities from exceeding the speeding limit".
Food for thought
Click4Reg.co.uk also analysed how much time drivers actually saved by exceeding the speed limit. The results showed that in a 30mph zone, the average 14-mile commute would take 28 minutes.
So, if a driver exceeded the speed limit by 10mph, they would save only SEVEN minutes!
Incurring a big speeding fine is a large price to pay, for only shaving off 7 minutes of your journey… but, I'll leave you to make up your own mind on that one.
There truly is little benefit to speeding, and in light of this new research, let's hope that drivers will choose to be more conscious and considerate on the roads.
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