Government proposes heavier fines for driving offences
Motorists who speed, use a mobile at the wheel or ignore signals and pedestrian crossings could face tougher fines under new plans proposed by Ken Clarke, justice secretary (RAC Motoring News).
The Government proposals outline changes to victims' services and compensation, so that an extra £50million would be raised via tougher penalties and an increase in the victims’ surcharge.
Currently, fines of £60 are handed out for driving while using a phone and for failing to wear a seatbelt, but these could increase to between £80 and £100, according to the DfT.
A consultation document, published Ken Clarke, said: “The proposed increases for motoring offences include those in relation to excessive speed, control of a vehicle, mobile phone use, ignoring signals and pedestrian crossings, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
“The exact amount of the increase will depend on a detailed assessment of what effect the increases would have on payment rates, and on public consultation by the DfT early this year.”
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Clearly speeding motorists are law breakers but their punishment should fit the crime, not turn into a tax paid only by this particular group of offenders because it is easy to collect.”
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