The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin has announced that fines for a variety of driving offences would rise from £60 to £90. The number of penalty points offenders receive on their licence will remain at three.
So which road traffic offences will be affected by this change?
- the offence of using a handheld device (texting or speaking) while driving
- going through a red light
In addition, a new penalty of a £90 fine and three penalty points will be introduced for a number of careless driving offences, which will cover the following activities done whilst at the wheel of a vehicle:
- eating a sandwich
- hogging the middle lane
- lighting a cigarette and
- driving at an inappropriate speed
During his speech to a road safety conference, McLoughlin also announced that he will be looking to introduce a new drug-driving law and that the current drink-drive limit will not be lowered.
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