Fines for many motoring offences are set to rise by 50 per cent as part of a proposal put forward by government ministers

Fines for many motoring offences could rise by 50 per cent as part of a proposal put forward by government ministers.

As a result, anyone caught speeding, tailgating, cutting someone up, driving using a mobile or not wearing a seat belt, would receive a £90 fine, up from £60, plus three penalty points.

The move, which estimates suggest will raise an extra £33.5 million a year, would mean the Treasury raises around £100m a year from motoring offences.

Campaign groups including the AA and RAC Foundation welcomed moves to crackdown on anti-social driving, but warned that the moves could be interpreted as an attempt to raise money rather than tackle a serious problem.

Robert Gifford, head of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, added: “In 2011, just over 26,000 drivers were prosecuted for careless or inconsiderate driving according to Ministry of Justice figures.

"The question will be whether there is an increase in enforcement as a result of this proposal.”

On coming to power, the coalition government claimed it would “end the war on motorists” that it said the Labour government had waged.

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15 June 2012

Jim Holder wrote:

On coming to power, the coalition government claimed it would “end the war on motorists” that it said the Labour government had waged.

Sounds ike an entirely budgetary decision made by Gideon Osbourne and his clueless cronies.

Anyone who believes any political party is on 'the side of the motorist' is deluding themselves. Motoring taxation is an enormous cash-cow to be plundered as and when necessary.

15 June 2012

No-one makes a fuss about James Wilson, do they - which was Harold's real name - or Leonard Callaghan ('Jim' to you) or indeed Anthony Eden (who was christened Robert) and Harold Macmillan who was really called Maurice. But for some reason, particularly among the left, the fact that George prefers the name George to Gideon seems always to arouse a sneer. What is their problem?

15 June 2012

Bleedin' money grabbing Labour, it will be ok when the Conservatives get in.

 

15 June 2012

230SL wrote:

Bleedin' money grabbing Labour, it will be ok when the Conservatives get in.

 

I think so.

15 June 2012

"Campaign groups including the AA and RAC Foundation welcomed moves to crackdown on anti-social driving, but warned that the moves could be interpreted as an attempt to raise money rather than tackle a serious problem."

The realistic cynic - like me - will see this as the former ... Only politicians and brain-dead will see it as the latter ...

15 June 2012

"The war on motorists is over."

Vince Cable.

Aggressive

15 June 2012

There is no excuse for driving using a mobile phone or not wearing a seat belt. Most modern cars have built in bluetooth and aftermarket kits are dirt cheap to buy. It is just common sense to wear a seatbelt.

Drivers who ignore these laws should probably be banned rather than fined!

 

15 June 2012

Statistics have shown that there is curently billions owed from unpaid/uncollected fines,  the ministry of justice cant even provide an accurate figure, but still they try to fleece the driver a little bit more, and does this money go into improving our roads, does it buggery.

 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17438873

15 June 2012

Jim Holder wrote:

anyone caught speeding, tailgating, cutting someone up, driving using a mobile or not wearing a seat belt

Of these as we all know speeding is the easiest to enforce. The others require a pair of eyes on the road and I can't recall the last time I saw a Police patrol on the motorway or in a lay-by. Not sure how the government are going to magically reconsile lower police budgets and greater enforcement.

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16 June 2012

Yet another stealth tax to help reduce our Country's deficite,and we are contributing more again than any other tax paying sector, no change there then, eh?

Peter Cavellini.

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