One driver felt the full brunt of the revised speeding fines after being caught breaking the speed limit on the motorway.
A motorist was clocked travelling 91mph on the motorway and was handed an £876 fine, reports the Nottingham Post.
The 39-year-old was travelling on the northbound carriageway of the M1.
The incident was recorded on the morning of January 3rd and the motorist was sentenced on September 29th.
Additional costs pushed the driver’s fine over the £1,000 mark and the driver was also banned from driving for a week.
Now, a police officer has stated that it’s not just the fine the driver has to worry about as the incident will impact his car insurance in future.
Sergeant Scott Jeffreys, from Derbyshire roads policing unit, said: “This case shows the very real financial cost of breaking the speed limit.
“Not only does this driver face fine and costs totalling nearly £1,050, but he will also face hugely increased insurance costs in the future.
“Speed limits are there for a reason, and they must be obeyed by all drivers.
“In this case, the limit had been reduced to 60mph for safety but even if the national speed limit still applied, the driver would still have been driving way above it.
“The slightest error at that speed could cause catastrophe and all drivers should stick to the limit to avoid the financial cost or, worse, the cost to life.”
Under the new speeding laws introduced on April 24th, drivers could now face a fine of up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage if caught exceeding the speed limit.
The caps on fines didn’t change so drivers still can face up to £1,000 for a minor incident and £2,500 for a major one.
Fines are now categorised by a three band system which corresponds to the severity of an incident.
A minor offence constitutes a band A charge. Band A charges are for drivers who exceed the stated speed limit between one and 10mph.
So, if a driver travels 31mph up to 40mph in a 30mph zone, they can be charged between 25 per cent and 75 per cent of their weekly income.
Drivers who exceed the stated speed limit by 11mph up to 20mph will be charged between 75 per cent and 125 per cent of their wage.
Major offences, which are for speed limit breaches of up 22mph and above will be charged between 125 per cent and 175 per cent of their week wage.
Penalty point endorsements also range from three and six depending on how significant the offence was.
Driving bans can also be handed out by authorities if they deem the incident to be severe enough.