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Magistrates to be allowed unlimited fines

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.

– Justice Minister Jeremy Wright

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Former England footballer Jenas gets driving fine

Jermaine Jenas did not appear at Mansfield Magistrates Court for the brief hearing today. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive

Former England international footballer Jermaine Jenas has been fined more than £600 and given six penalty points for failing to supply information to police following a speeding offence.

The 30-year-old, who plays for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, failed to confirm he was the driver of a Porche that was clocked at 37mph in a 30mph limit in Nottingham last November.

While the speeding offence was withdrawn, Jenas was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60, along with the fine, for failing to hand his details to police.

Sign error may see speeding convictions overturned

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned because of the font used on some variable speed limit signs may not have complied with traffic regulations.

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The numbers displayed on some variable speed limit signs on the M42 were taller and narrower than the regulations, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

At least 11,000 fixed penalties were issued to motorists breaking the variable speed limit between junctions 7 and 9 of the M42 last year, according to the BBC.