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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 We would also recommend that your sat nav system is kept up to date as an out of date system could display the wrong speed limit for that road.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.

Five Reasons to Buy the Fiat 500

Five Reasons to Buy the Fiat 500

Posted on: 31st Jan 2017

The Fiat 500 is a recognisable car across Britain’s roads. Its unique shape and style make it stand out from the crowd. We love it, and here we’ve listed our top five reasons why you should buy a new Fiat 500.

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 Fiat 124 Spider Unveiled!

Posted on: 20th Nov 2015

It’s back! A new Fiat 124 Spider was just unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show and it looks fantastic.

Fiat 500 Icon Reloaded Movie Wallpaper

Posted on: 13th Oct 2015

The Icon Reloaded launch brought with it a series of iconic movie features that Richard Hardie developed into poster and wallpaper for your desktop, tablet, laptop or smartphone or even your website.

The Oddballs Fiat 500 by Richard Hardie

Posted on: 25th Sep 2015

This week a brand new Fiat 500 Lounge was handed over to The Oddballs Foundation to help raise awareness of the charity and its great cause. Enter our competition to have the chance to win some prizes!

Fiat-Chrysler Agrees Football League Deal

Posted on: 11th Jun 2015

The Football League play-off finals last month marked the start of a new official car partnership between Fiat-Chrysler and the Football League.

Fiat Aegea Debuts At Istanbul Motor Show

Posted on: 10th Jun 2015

The Italian Fiat Aegea debuted at last months Istanbul Motor Show, where it sported an elegant bold design with strong sculpted lines...

Fiat 500X - a little more revealed

Fiat 500X - a little more revealed

Posted on: 23rd Sep 2014

Due to be unveiled at October's Paris Motor Show, the Fiat 500X crossover, is strictly under wraps but you can see a sneak preview of this latest member of the Fiat 500 family.

The New Fiat 500X

The New Fiat 500X

Posted on: 16th Sep 2014

Currently under wraps but due to be unveiled at October's Paris Motor Show, see a sneak preview of the Fiat 500X crossover, latest member of the Fiat 500 family.

The New Fiat Panda Cross - A Car Like No Other

The New Fiat Panda Cross - A Car Like No Other

Posted on: 1st Sep 2014

Being able to offer something truly unique in the increasingly competitive SUV segment is no small achievement but in the FIAT Panda Cross that's exactly what you get - a car like no other! The new FIAT Panda Cross combines the genuine capabilities of a proper off-road vehicle with the efficiency and practicality of a versatile city car.

FIAT 500 range revised for 2014

FIAT 500 range revised for 2014

Posted on: 27th May 2014

The latest updates, including the new range-topping FIAT 500 Cult model, a new TwinAir 105hp engine and new colours, upholsteries and wheels go on sale in the UK.

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.

New Beats Edition of the Popular FIAT 500L

New Beats Edition of the Popular FIAT 500L

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

New Beats Edition™ of the Popular FIAT 500L The FIAT 500L range goes from strength to strength in 2014 with the announcement of a new special edition - the FIAT 500L Beats EditionTM.

Fiat unveils Panda 4x4 Antarctica edition

Fiat unveils Panda 4x4 Antarctica edition

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

Fiat is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fiat Panda by releasing a special edition 4x4 Antarctica. The car is denoted by its white paintjob and black roof, along with 15-inch diamond-finish alloy wheels, special badges and orange detailing.