TOUGHER punishments for speeding offences have come into force today (Monday).
Drivers caught doing more than 50mph in a 30mph zone or more than 100mph on a motorway will be fined at least 150 per cent of their weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100 per cent.
The new measures follow responses to a consultation, which said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.
Fines will also be increased for when motorists drive at 41mph or faster where there is a 20mph limit.
But the maximum fine that can be handed out remains the same — speeding drivers cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.