£10,000 fines for speeding on the motorway
The Government are hatching a plan which could see drivers being slapped with a £10,000 fine if they speed on the motorway. If you speed on a dual carriageway, the maximum fine there would also be increased to £4,000.
That's a lot of money. Probably worth more than most people's cars.
Justice minister, Jeremy Wright, in his infinite wisdom, announced last night that Magistrates Courts will be given the powers to quadruple fines. He's going after drink drivers, people with dodgy tyres and people caught driving while pissing about on their phones.
Wright reckons that these reforms will be an "effective way of punishing criminals" and added that these huge increases should act as a deterrent. Next year, he'll probably say 'bring back hanging' or something. He added, with that smooth, simple face of his: "Magistrates are the cornerstone of our justice system and these changes will provide them with greater powers to deal with the day-to-day offences that impact their local communities."
The problem here, is that these huge increases could very well put drivers off from challenging speeding tickets in the court with a fear that they would be hit with crippling fines and penalties.
Rupert Lipton, director of the National Motorists Action Group, said: "This massive increase is disproportionate and draconian. I think it will have a serious chilling effect. We will find motorists will be deterred from going to court where they don’t believe they are guilty of an offence and there is a potential challenge."
"For general speeding allegations you’re allowed to take a fixed penalty, currently £60 and three penalty points on your licence, or agree to complete a speed awareness course. But if you wish to challenge it you can currently face six points and a £1,000 fine on non-motorway roads or £2,500 on the motorway."
"I think that is enough of a deterrent for people who are thinking about taking a chance and going to court, but raising it four-fold is clearly an over-reaction. The threat and the fear of a disproportionate fine would deter many from trying to seek justice."