25 May 2004

Autocar’s Talking Sense on Speed campaign is on the verge of another breakthrough. With the numbers of speeding offences and motorists losing their licence spiralling out of control, the Government is planning an overhaul to the current penalty point system. Those caught out by a narrow margin could get fewer points, whereas the more severe speeders could receive more.

The current system enforces a three-point fixed penalty system, making even the most law-abiding driver just four flashes away from a ban. The new plan suggests a more lenient two points for motorists straying the wrong side of the limit by just 5mph; offenders clocked at 60mph in a 30mph, on the other hand, would face six points.

Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has published statistics proving that more of us are flouting the motorway speed limit. According to the DfT, 55 per cent exceeded 70mph on the motorway in 2002; that rose to 57 per cent last year, with 20 per cent passing 80mph.

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