On the Spot Fines for Careless Drivers

From today, Police will now have the power to issue on the spot £100 fines and three points on driving licences for 'careless' drivers who hog lanes or tailgate.

Fixed penalties for a number of other offences, for example, using a mobile phone whilst driving or not wearing a seatbelt while driving, have also risen from £60 to £100.

More serious driving offences will still go through the courts and could result in much higher fines and penalties.

People caught carrying out offences subject to the new penalties will be able to choose between an on-the-spot fine or the chance to go on a driving course prompting suggestions it is a money making scheme based on the subjective opinion of a police officer.
Drivers will still be able to challenge any decision through the courts, albeit locally all Shropshire matters will be heard by Kidderminster Magistrates from next month meaning that people may just pay up as an easy option.

According to the BBC news, the Police will focus on the following:

  • Driving too close to the vehicle in front

  • Failing to give way at a junction (not requiring evasive action by another driver)

  • Overtaking and pushing into a queue of traffic

  • Being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue on a roundabout

  • Lane discipline, such as needlessly hogging the middle or outside lanes

  • Inappropriate speed

  • Wheel-spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres