RAC: Raising mobile phone fine to £100 'justifiable'
Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society. 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.
– Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation
AA president welcomes fines for driving 'pet hates'
AA President Edmund King has welcomed Government plans to tackle middle lane hogs and drivers who tailgate other cars.
He said: “We are pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs.”
Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence under plans unveiled today.
Police are also expected to get powers to issue instant fixed penalty notices for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.
Details of crackdown on anti-social motoring are due to be announced today by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.
He said: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk. That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a Fixed Penalty Notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.
“We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences."