On-the-spot fines for tailgating and middle lane hogging
As of today, new rules have come into force giving police the power to issue on the spot fines of up to £100 for a number of driving offences.
You could now get an on-the-spot fine for:
- Tailgating (i.e. driving too close to the vehicle in front)
- Lane discipline, such as needlessly hogging the middle lane or outside lane
- Failing to give way at a junction (not requiring evasive action by another driver)
- Overtaking and pushing into a queue on a roundabout
- Inappropriate speed
- Wheel-spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres
A recent survey by Populas shows that around 40% of young drivers run the risk of receiving a fine because they don't know they're breaking the rules by being in the wrong lane on the motorway. We think this is because learner drivers don't get trained in motorway driving before they take the test.
So make sure you remember to avoid these driving offences, and you'll stay safe on the road as well as avoiding fines and points on your licence. For a more detailed look at what's changed, click the link below.
No points and a fixed penalty notices rising from £60 to £100 will include:
No points and a fixed penalty notice increasing from £30 to £50 will include:
If the owner of the vehicle fails to declare who was driving when the offence was committed the fine will rise from £120 to £200 and points will be imposed.
If someone is caught driving without insurance, they will be fined £300, which is an increase from the previous fine of of £200.