Increased fines for drivers

16 August 2013

car You careless drivers are looking at new, higher penalties if you drive wrecklessly, use your phone at the wheel, hog the middle lane or tailgate.

Motorists hogging the middle lane or tailgating will get three points on their licence and a £100 on-the-spot fine, while driving without a seatbelt and using a mobile at the wheel will end up in a £100 fine, up from the old £60 penalty.

Anyone driving with no insurance will now face a £300 penalty. If you do all of the above at the same time, you're buggered.

Police have also been given powers to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers found using the wrong lane on a roundabout or not giving way at a T-junction.

The Government are hoping these plans will stop careless or dangerous driving, provided of course, there's enough police to call upon to patrol and enforce these new rules, which come in as of today.

Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk. That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court."

“We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences.”

TOPICS:   Motoring   UK News


  • kv
    about time, the amount of people who don't know how to use a roundabout is shocking
  • Captain.Cretin
    With insurance for young drivers STARTING at about £2,500 for an old banger; a £300 fine isnt much of a threat. The rozzers are probably waiting in anticipation for winter, all those fines for excessive wheel spinning in the snow and ice!!!!
  • Captain W.
    Fantastic news. Rather than spending billions widening motorways, just make some extra revenue AND make the middle lane usable again. Genius, the only mystery is why it took them decades to work it out.
  • OMG
    @Spencer - Hold your speed, use your mirrors, and execute some good timing within safe distances! If you brake on the motorway you have failed.
  • Time W.
    £300 may seem like a small amount but if you get stopped, you face the following: - £300 fine - car gets seized and taken into storage which incurs a charge for taking it away and a charge for storage - 6 points on your licence which means higher insurance premium should you actually decide you want insurance - If you don't collect your car within a certain number of days it gets crushed.

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