Maximum speeding fines could hit £10,000
New rules could be put in place which will give the Magistrates Court the power to fine speeding drivers up to a maximum of £10,000.
If the new rules are put into place, this will be the first dramatic hike in fines since 1991.
However, motoring groups including RAC have claimed that the fines are too extreme and could put people off appealing over unfair speeding fines.
These rules appear to have been revealed shortly after speeds of those who were caught going against the speed limit on UK roads were revealed.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: “People who break the law should bear the consequences but this seems such a wholesale change to the system so you have to ask what was going so badly wrong before?
“Ironically we know that speeding offences have declined over recent year and just last week the Department for Transport confirmed that, even after taking congestion out of the equation, recorded traffic speeds have been dropping for a decade on all types of roads.”
If the fines are approved:
Unauthorised cycle racing on public ways will go from £200 to £800
Driving a motor cycle without a protective helmet will increase from £500 to £2,000
The sale of alcohol to a drunk person or being drunk and disorderly in a public place will go from £1,000 to £4,000.
Finally, speeding on the motorway could see you with a fine between £2,500 and £10,000.