Drive to punish dodgy motorists

Police to get more powers to fine dodgy drivers

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Drivers need more warning about new powers, AA says

A survey into the new police powers designed to deal with dodgy drivers has found:

  • 60 percent of motorists reckon the new fines will make no impact on road safety, according to Auto Trader.
  • In a separate survey, AA/Populas found 29 percent of drivers admitted to sticking to the middle lane.
  • The AA has accused the Government of "not doing enough" to raise awareness around the new measures.

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Police to get more powers to fine dodgy drivers

Traffic on the M1
Police will have more powers to fine dodgy drivers if they hog the middle lane on the motorway. Credit: PA

Drivers who tailgait or lane-hog will face tougher fines as changes to police powers to issue fixed penalty notices are brought in today.

Dodgy drivers could be fined £100 and have three penalty points slapped on their license if they are found hogging the middle lane of the motorway or driving too close to the vehicle in front of them.

The most serious cases of bad driving will go to the courts but police will be able to offer educational training as an alternative for the penalty points.