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Definition of weekly income for a student under the new speeding fine rules?

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Hi

 

Under the new laws I see that fines are still allocated as a percentage of your weekly income. I was just wondering if anyone knows how this is defined for a student? The only money received is through loans and grants with no part time work.

 

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Lewis

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People with little or no income will usually be sentenced with an assumed Relevant Weekly Income of £120.

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They are not new laws they are new sentencing guidelines and the only difference is that fines for the most serious offences have been increased.

 

When calculating a fine the court begins by assessing the defendant's Relevant Weekly Income (RWI). The fine is then calculated as a multiple of that sum (usually 0.5, 1.0 or 1.5 but sometimes more). When dealing with a defendant who has little or no income a minimum RWI of £120 is used.. So if you face being fined for, say, doing 95mph in a 70mph limit you will be fine one week's income. If your RWI has been determined at £120 (because you have little or no income) the fine will be £120. It will, however, be reduced by a third if you plead guilty, so it will be £80. You would also pay £85 in prosecution costs and a surcharge of 10% of the fine (with a minimum of £30) so it will cost you £195 in total.

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