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Drivers Urged to Slow Down After New Speeding Fines are Introduced

Drivers Urged to Slow Down After New Speeding Fines are Introduced

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We take a look at the new speeding fines and what it could mean if you get caught.

New speeding fines that have recently come into force could see some offenders receiving a 50% higher fine than before. More than 100,000 speeding tickets are issued a year, and it is hope that the new crackdown which was put into place on 24th April 2017, will reduce the number of high-speed accidents happening on the roads.

What Are The New Fines?

To put it simply; if you’re driving between 31mph and 40mph in a 30mph zone, you’ll be given a fine that represents up to 50% of your weekly income. Get caught driving between 41-50mph in a 40mph zone and you’ll be fined up to 100% of your weekly income, any faster and you’ll be handed a fine that will account for up to 150% of your weekly income and six points on your licence… ouch!

There are a number of factors that could reduce or increase the penalty if you’re caught speeding. If the weather is particularly bad and road conditions aren’t great you could end up with a heftier fine then if you were caught speeding on a day when the road conditions were good. Your fine could also be higher if you’re speeding in an area with a lot of other traffic or pedestrians or if you’re carrying passengers.

What the DVLA Recommends

So how can you avoid these fines? Well by sticking to the speed limit of course! Take note of road signs around you and watch your speed. If you’re driving in a built up area with street lights the speed limit is usually 30mph, unless otherwise stated. Don’t take risks; it’s better to drive a couple of miles an hour under the speed limit rather than over it. We would also recommend that your sat nav system is kept up to date as an out of date system could display the wrong speed limit for that road. If you want to find out more about the new speeding fines, contact us today!

Valentine’s Day Road Trip Ideas

Valentine’s Day Road Trip Ideas

Posted on: 13th Feb 2017

Looking for something extra special to do this Valentine’s Day? How about a road trip? The UK has some wonderful places, especially around the North East. Here we share with you those places and how to make your Valentine’s Day that little more special.

Richard Hardie Raise over £378 for Save the Children

Richard Hardie Raise over £378 for Save the Children

Posted on: 30th Dec 2016

On Friday 16th December 2016 our Richard Hardie Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink and Sunderland, flaunted their Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. We had a great day playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £379.72 between our five Centres in the North East!

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Posted on: 22nd Dec 2016

Here are our top winter driving tips to get you and your car through the next few months.

Taking Your Car Abroad

Taking Your Car Abroad

Posted on: 23rd Aug 2016

Our top tips on how to prepare for your European driving holiday.

Richard Hardie Durham to Complete Demanding Two Day Coast 2 Coast Challenge

Richard Hardie Durham to Complete Demanding Two Day Coast 2 Coast Challenge

Posted on: 15th Aug 2016

Some of the team at our Durham branch are embarking on a gruelling two day challenge later this month to support and raise money for excellent charities close to their hearts. The team are doing the Coast 2 Coast starting at Whitehaven on the 26th August and finishing the challenge at Sunderland on the 28th August 2016.

Abarth and Fiat Anniversary

Abarth and Fiat Anniversary

Posted on: 29th Jul 2016

The end of this month will see the 44th anniversary since Fiat and Abarth merged.

Chris Moody Celebrates 25 Years at Richard Hardie

Chris Moody Celebrates 25 Years at Richard Hardie

Posted on: 1st Jul 2016

Chris Moody celebrates 25 Years with the company on 1st July 2016. Chris originally started as an YTS apprentice for 2 years at the Chester le Street branch and then became employed on the 1st July 1991. Since then Chris has had many promotions from then and became Group Parts Manager in 2001.

Is Your Car Ready For Summer?

Is Your Car Ready For Summer?

Posted on: 27th Apr 2016

Our cars take a bit of a beating over the cooler months. Follow our tips to ensure your car is ready for long summer drives!

New Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition

Posted on: 5th Nov 2015

Recently a new special edition of the Abarth 595 has been launched to celebrate the brand becoming the official sponsorship and car supplier of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.

Fiat 500 Abarth: What

Fiat 500 Abarth: What's It Like To Drive?

Posted on: 30th Jun 2015

You’ll have read reviews of the Fiat 500 Abarth before, of course. But anyone considering buying the performance supermini might like to know what it’s like to actually drive one.

Abarth To Launch Spicy 500X?

Posted on: 12th Jun 2015

The iconic Fiat 500X was launched to a great fanfair in Turin last autumn, with its sophisticated technology and driving capability. It was the first crossover in the 500 family and came in two handy editions: City and Off-Road.

The History of the Abarth 500

Posted on: 24th Apr 2015

Today the Abarth brand is synonymous with impressive motoring engineering and design excellence.

Abarth to appear at UK supercar event

Posted on: 2nd Sep 2014

Following it’s road debut and starring role as the ‘Official Car’ of the Gumball 3000 Rally and appearance at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed the Abarth 695 biposto will attend the Salon Privé event at Syon House on the 3rd to 5th September 2014.

Big star, small car! Clint Eastwood in his FIAT500

Big star, small car! Clint Eastwood in his FIAT500

Posted on: 26th May 2014

He can afford any car on this earth but forget a Lamborghini, the only Italian motor Clint Eastwood wants is a Fiat. The 83-year-old mega star arrived on set in Venice, California, in the Fiat 500 Hatchback.

Abarth 595 Special Edition

Abarth 595 Special Edition

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

Fiat have launched a special edition Abarth 595 to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. The original Abarth was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1963, which propelled the original Fiat 500 into hot hatch territory.