If you’ve experienced motorway driving you’ll know how annoying it is, and not to mention dangerous, when drivers hog the middle lane, get to close to you from behind or are on their mobile phone. We’re urging young drivers to not get caught out with the new on-the-spot fines introduced by the government to promote safer driving.
So what’s happening?
Fixed penalty fines for most motoring offences increase significantly on Friday, August 16, 2013, and the police have been given new powers for some careless driving offences.
What are the fines?
Fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences including using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel and no seatbelt – will rise from £40 to £100.
Careless driving offences such as tailgating and middle lane hogging will also be dealt with through fixed penalty fines. The fine will be £100 with three points on your licence. However, the most serious examples will continue to go through the courts, where offenders may face higher penalties.
The idea behind this is to target the bad drivers without the need for lengthy court procedures.
Crispin Moger, MD for Marmalade said: “There’s no excuse for using a mobile phone, whatever your age. And middle-lane hoggers, in my experience, don’t tend to be the younger generation! With more traffic on our roads, safety becomes an ever-increasing concern so I hope these changes make a difference.”
The nuts and bolts of what the new changes mean:
The new level of fines for fixed penalty offences is:
- Non-endorsable (where the driver does not receive points on their 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 relating to a duty to identify a driver will rise to £200
- The fixed penalty notice for driving with no insurance will rise from £200 to £300
The increased £50 non-endorsable fixed penalty notice applies to a range of existing offences including:
- Neglect of traffic regulations (eg failing to conform to traffic signs – give way, roundabout vehicle priority, box junction road markings)
- Negligent use of motor vehicle (eg not in proper control, driver not having full view ahead, opening a door as to cause injury)
- Vehicle registration and excise licence offences (eg registration mark not easily readable)
- Motorway offences (eg. stopping vehicle on hard shoulder)
- Vehicle or part in dangerous or defective condition (eg windows not clear and unobstructed, no windscreen wipers)
- Neglect of pedestrian rights (eg driving elsewhere than on the road)
- Lighting offences (eg lamps not showing steady light, misuse of head/fog lamps)
- Noise offences (eg causing unnecessary noise, sounding the horn at night)
- Load offences (eg exceeding weight restriction)
- Cycle and motorcycle offences (eg cycling on the footpath, not wearing protective headgear for motorcyclists)
The increased £100 endorsable fixed penalty notice applies to a range of existing offences including:
- Using a mobile phone whilst driving
- Speeding Offences
- Motorway offences (eg reversing on a motorway, driving on hard shoulder/central reservation)
- Neglect of traffic directions (eg not stopping at red traffic light)
- Neglect of pedestrian rights (eg stopping within limits of zebra/pelican/puffin crossing)
- Load offences (eg danger of injury due to the number of passengers or manner in which they are carried)
- Motorcycle offences (eg carrying more than one passenger)
The increased £100 non-endorsable fixed penalty notice applies to a range of existing offences including:
- Failure to wear a seat belt whilst driving
- Vehicle test offence (use of motor vehicle without test certificate)