The government plans to introduce a £100 fixed penalty notice for careless driving offences such as tailgating and hogging the middle lane. Perpetrators will also receive three penalty points on their licences which could increase their insurance premiums, make them harder to employ and be embarrassing. The on-the-spot penalty will also relate to poor behaviour such as cutting-up vehicles, etc. However, motorists will have the chance to side-step their endorsements if they attend courses that emphasises the potential consequences of careless driving. Furthermore, it is thought that expanding the fixed penalty notice scheme will save police time. Why? Because it will reduce the number of cases that go to court which minimises paperwork, etc. However, the more serious offenders – or motorists that choose to contest – will still have to face the bench.
Minister Discusses £100 Fixed Penalty Notice For Careless Driving
Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammond, explained: “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.”
Chief Constable Discusses £100 Fixed Penalty Notice For Careless Driving
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the Association of Chief Police Officers National Lead for Roads Policing in England and Wales, added: “The new penalties are absolutely necessary to deal with drivers who are putting people’s lives at risk and police will not hesitate to enforce them.” She added: “These measures should also act as a reminder to careless drivers that their behaviour will not be tolerated. The vast majority of drivers are law abiding - but some are still not getting the message. We said we would get tougher on those who make our roads dangerous and that is exactly what we have done.”
Fixed Penalty Scheme Price Rises
The cost of fixed penalty notices for other motoring offences will rise too. As such:
- a non-endorsable (where the driver does not receive points on his/her licence) £30 fixed penalty notice will rise to £50
-an endorsable (where points are given) £60 and non-endorsable fixed penalty notice will rise to £100
an endorsable £120 fixed penalty notice will rise to £200
the fixed penalty notice for driving without insurance will rise from £200 to £300.