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Motorists to Face New Penalties

Motorists are set to face new fixed penalties under measures announced by the Government recently.

From July police will be able to issue £100 fines and three penalty points for offences such as tailgating or middle-lane hogging.

Fixed penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, or not wearing a seat belt will also rise by £40 to £100.

Drivers will still be able to appeal against any decision to the Magistrates' Court.

People guilty of low level careless driving will face fixed penalties or the chance to go on a driving course, to avoid points on their licence, prompting suggestions it is a money making scheme.

Serious incidents of careless or dangerous driving will still be dealt with by the courts, where offenders could face fines and/or imprisonment.