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Quicker justice for motoring offences

27 Jun 2013, 11:25 by Priya Bakshi

Labels: appeal, barrister, careless-driving-offences, fines, lawyer, penalty-points

From July, police will have powers to issue on the spot fines and fixed
penalty points
for careless driving offences that would currently have to go to court. 

Police will have powers to issue a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points on licences to middle lane hoggers on the motorway. Motorway tailgaters will also face the same fine and penalty points. 

Other changes include the fine for driving whilst using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt increasing from £40 to £100.

However drivers will still be afforded the opportunity to appeal any decision and go through the court system. 

The more serious offences will continue to go through the courts and fixed points and fines will not be issued on the spot. This is because, if found guilty, the courts have the power to issue heftier fines and penalties.     

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