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It has been reported that new charges could be administered to middle lane hoggers such as an on-the-spot fine and three points on their licence.
The new punishments are part of an attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour on the roads and further plans include police being given the power to issue fixed penalty notices to motorists who do not give way at a junction or force their way into a traffic queue.
Further punishments will be issued to drivers who perform bad driving manoeuvres such as handbrake turns or using the wrong lane at roundabouts.
Stephen Hammond, transport minister said: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk.”
“That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.
“We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences.”
Up until now many driving crimes have gone unpunished mainly due to the bureaucracy involved in taking a case of this nature to court. The motorist has to be stopped by the police, a summons has to be issued and evidence must be presented in court – all of which is considered time consuming for the police as well as motorists.
Further changes could include an increase in fines for using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving and not wearing a seatbelt from £60 to £100, and for driving without insurance from £200 to £300.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “An increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences including mobile phone use.
“We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs.”
The latest initiative from the government reflects a far tougher line being taken on what ministers regard as bad and dangerous driving.
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