Drivers can escape fines at 86mph

Drivers caught speeding at up to 86mph will be able to avoid penalty points under a new scheme to be adopted by most police forces.

Under the new guidelines ministers will raise the limit at which drivers can escape prosecution, provided they pay to attend a speed awareness course  which costs about £100.  The courses have so far been limited to drivers caught travelling up to ten per cent plus 5mph above the speed limit, but this is being raised to ten per cent plus 9mph.

This means that in a 70mph area, where drivers travelling faster than 79mph should expect to be prosecuted, a driver caught at 86mph can keep a clean license by taking a course – higher than the previous limit of 82mph.

In a 50mph area, where speeds above 57mph usually result in fines, the option of a course will still be available at 64mph, rather than the previous level of 60mph.

Drivers in a 30mph area would usually be prosecuted at 35mph, but the ceiling for those who take courses will be lifted from 38mph to 42mph.

The courses can only be taken by the same driver once every three years, to prevent repeat offenders from abusing the system.

Officials said the guidelines were not fixed and that police chiefs were free to set their own levels.

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