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post Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 16:42
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43786771

While it is apparently a record fine, it is "only" about two-thirds of his reported weekly income. That seems lenient in the circs.
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post Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 17:23
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Bearing in mind that "relevant weekly income" is after tax & NI, and isn't the same as the much higher reported gross income he has (which may only be lavished on earned by him for short periods each year anyway). With the sentencing guidelines giving a starting point of 150% of relevant weekly income, and a minimum of 125%, I suspect his fine reflects his apparent copious remorse/return to rehab and is in line with the guidelines.


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post Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 17:29
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And in any case, there still has to be some form of proportionality, even in exceptional cases. It’s not as simple as RWI x multiplier.


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post Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 20:01
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Hopefully we'll also start seeing Premier League footballers getting hefty fined for their all-too-frequent speeding offences. Still be water off a duck's back for them, but what can you do?
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post Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 21:22
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QUOTE (The Slithy Tove @ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 - 21:01) *
Hopefully we'll also start seeing Premier League footballers getting hefty fined for their all-too-frequent speeding offences. Still be water off a duck's back for them, but what can you do?

Unfortunately, unlike the driving with excess alcohol offence, fines for speeding are capped. I've no idea why that's considered to be just, nor do countries such as Finland and Switzerland.


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The cap was only removed for Level 5 fines. Speeding is Level 3, 4 on a motorway.


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Friend of mine made the same comments about how low it seemed, until I noted the same points as Fredd. With the supposed fine band level, and that the fine is based on income after tax etc, then I said to him that it seemed about right to me.
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