Drivers could lose their licence after two speeding offences under new government proposals.
Motorists would automatically receive six penalty points if they were caught breaking the speed limit by a significant margin. Currently, drivers are disqualified if they amass 12 points on their licence.
Excessive speeds are likely to be defined as 50mph in a 30mph zone, 70mph in a 50mph zone or over 90mph on the motorway.
Until now only courts could endorse a driving licence with more than three points. If police believe a stiffer punishment than the standard three-point fixed penalty is required, they must pass the case on to the courts.
Government ministers want six-point fixed penalties to be imposed without a court hearing.
The consultation document containing the proposals also suggests a 'sliding scale' of punishment for speeding offences. Minor infringements – where drivers are caught at only a few mph over the speed limit – could warrant just 2 points.
Motoring groups estimate that 40 per cent of drivers have received penalty points for speeding.