New on-the-spot fines for motorway drivers. 5/06/13
The government has announced that from July the police will have the power to give on-the-spot fines to motorway drivers committing various careless driving offences.
The changes have been brought in to reduce the lengthy court procedures currently required to prosecute drivers for these types of offences. The ability to appeal against the offences will remain in place however.
The types of offences include:-
Tailgating or driving too close to the driver in front
Staying in or 'Hogging' the middle lane when the left hand lane is free
Driving without wearing a seatbelt
Driving whilst using a mobile phone
In addition to these new powers, the penalties for driving whilst using a mobile phone or not wearing your seatbelt will increase from £40 to £100.
Motoring organisations have broadly welcomed the changes.
The AA president said "We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers - tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs".
The RAC stated "Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society."
"Giving police more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news."
Here at Car Call UK we also think this is good news. The Managing Director said "Anything that adds to road safety is always welcome, many motorists can be distracted by discourteous drivers so we welcome this move."