Extra money for victims of crime fund
27 April 2009

Speeding fines could be raised £15 to £75, to raise money for a fund for crime victims.

Currently the extra £15 payment is only placed on fines handed out by courts, but ministers are now looking to introduce it for on-the-spot fines and fixed penalty notices. Estimates suggest this would raise an extre £50 million a year.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The surcharge has to date been applied only to fines, at a rate of £15. The government is considering whether to extend the surcharge to certain types of penalty notices and other court disposals.”

But the proposals have been met with criticism from motorists groups, who believe the public is already sceptical about the use of speed cameras.

“We would object about this going on to motoring fixed penalties because it appears to be a charge about making money,” said Andrew Howard, head of road safety for the AA.

“There are already a lot of people who believe that speed cameras are cash cows.”

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