New and increased penalties for driving offences
August 19, 2013
Careless drivers will be facing new penalties and higher fines for hogging the middle lane and tailgating, which came into place last Friday. Motorists that are seen to be tailgating or hogging the middle lane now face three points on their driving licence and £100 on the spot fines, the offences now flal under the penalty of careless driving. 

Other traffic offences will also be facing stricter penalties, such as using a mobile phone whilst driving and driving without a seatbelt, these particular offences will now come with a fine of £100, which is up from the initial £60. 

Anybody who is now caught driving without insurance will now face a £300 penalty, rather than the original £200 penalty. The police have also gained more power, they are now able to issue fines on the spot to drivers who are using the wrong lane on a roundabout, or who don't give way at a T junction. 

The Government are hoping that these plans will help to stop careless driving, whilst police are able to deal with some traffic offences without having to go through the courts. Though drivers will still have the opportunity to contest any fines they receive through the courts. 

Stephen Hammond, who is the Road Safety minister said that careless drivers really are a menace and their negligence risks innocent people's lives. This is why we are making it simpler for the police to be able to tackle problem drivers by leting them issue a fixed penalty notice immediately, rather than having to take every offender to court. He went on to say that they are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects the seriousness of the offence. 

There were concerns shown that the number of traffic police had fallen from 6,902 in 2003 to 4,608, these new rules are unlikely to make a huge difference to the safety of the roads. 
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