If you’re crap at driving then new crack down on anti-social driving means that you’re also going to be poor.
Drivers who hog the middle line are set to be worse hit and can expect a £100 fine and three penalty points. Whilst if you’re caught using a hand-held phone at the wheel, speeding, jumping lights or failing to wear a seat belt you can expect a fine from £60 to £100.
Because driving in the middle lane is much more dangerous than using a mobile on the move.
Police offers will use their judgement based on a book that 99% of drivers have no idea about – the highway code- to pick out the ones who deserve to be fined and given points.
Edmund King of the AA has said that middle lane hogs, tailgaters and mobile phone users were the top three most hated drivers in a poll of members.
Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation welcomed the crackdown but insisted tougher fines must be accompanied by tougher enforcement.
‘Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society,’ he said. ‘Giving police more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news.
‘We are also pleased to see that the stick is accompanied by the chance of re-education for moderate offenders.
‘Raising the fine level to £100 is justifiable to tackle the plague of handheld mobile phone use which slows drivers’ reaction times even more than being at the drink drive limit or taking cannabis. The police need to target the large number of motorists continuing to flout the law daily.’
Fines for uninsured drivers are also set to rise from £200 to £300 – which when you consider how much a years insurance policy costs is pretty good value.
As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.