The head of a motoring activist group has condemned plans to raise motorway speeding fines to £10,000 and claimed it showed that the government viewed motorists as "a soft touch."
£10,000 for speeding is grossly disproportionate. There is an unwritten threat with fixed penalty fine that no matter how strong the case of the motorist maybe, it could stop them from going to court because they fear a massive fine.
"The other strange thing about this is that they seem be proposing a maximum fine on the roads that are safest. Surely a maximum fine should be for going fast on residential and high risk roads.
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation have questioned government proposals to raise the maximum motorway speeding fine to £10,000.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "This seems such a wholesale change to the system so you have to ask what was going so badly wrong before?
"Ironically we know that speeding offences have declined over recent years and just last week the Department for Transport confirmed that even after taking congestion out of the equation recorded traffic speeds have been dropping for a decade on most types of roads.”
The Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said new rules would allow magistrates to impose unlimited fines for the first time, as he also announced that the maximum motorway speeding fine could rise to £10,000.
The proposed changes will also allow judges to impose unlimited fines for the first time where there is currently a maximum of £5,000.
Magistrates are the cornerstone of our justice system and these changes will provide them with greater powers to deal with the day-to-day offences that impact their local communities.