Maximum motorway speeding fine to increase to £10,000
In June, the government announced proposals to raise motoring fines by up to four times the current penalty.
For many motoring offences, a fixed penalty (for example, a fine and licence points) is offered and higher fines are only charged if the offence is taken before a magistrate.
That process isn’t changing – but the fines are. If the proposals are approved, motorists could face a fine of £10,000 for speeding if they contest an alleged offence. Some motoring groups say that an increase in fines would reduce the number of people challenging unfair speeding tickets – a definite plus for the government, but not for drivers.
What are the proposals?
Increase from £200 to £800:
- Unauthorised cycle racing on public roads
- Being found drunk on a highway (as a pedestrian)
Increase from £500 to £2,000:
- Riding a motorbike without a helmet
Increase from £2,500 to £10,000:
- Motorway speeding
- Taxi touting
- Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition
Increase to an unlimited fine:
- Vehicle licence fraud
- Dangerous driving
- Some vehicle theft
The proposals haven’t been debated in parliament yet but with other offences – such as selling alcohol to under 18s – also up for bigger penalties, a government crackdown on everyday crime seems to be in progress.
A change was made in 2012 to allow magistrates to go over ‘maximum’ fines, so it’s entirely possible that much bigger and even unlimited fines could come into play fairly soon.
Read more on the Telegraph website.