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Although the vast majority of UK drivers would probably deny speeding if asked it is clear that many people do driver faster than the limit on many occasions. Bad news is on the horizon, however, with a new government proposal to increase fines by up to 50% for speeding.
Speeding is not the only driving offense to be hit as using a hand-held mobile phone and not fastening a seat belt will also be targeted for an increase in penalties. This is part of the Coalition’s offensive against crime.
It has been estimated that if the new increased fines were approved the government would pocket around an extra £33.5 million a year in motoring fines; which will look good on the books.
Careless driving is major cause of public concern and with this in mind other offenses to be introduced include tailgating and drivers who cut up other road users as they will get an automatic three points on their licence and an on the spot £90 fine. Despite worries that these sorts of offenses could be difficult to police, this could all add up to a massive additional net gain of £100 million a year to the Treasury.
Some have suggested that the reason for the penalty increases would potentially cover the drop in fuel duty revenue the government is looking as more fuel efficient cars are becoming more popular with the driving population.