This is a major change in traffic law enforcement and the IAM is concerned that issuing fixed penalty tickets for careless driving downplays the seriousness of the offence.
Careless covers a wide range of poor to reckless driving behaviour that often merits further investigation.
This could free up traffic police time and allow them to maintain a higher profile. But without traffic cops out on the road to enforce this new approach it will have little impact on road safety.
Here are the answers to our "How up to speed is your knowledge of the road?" quiz.
As new plans are announced to tackle motoring offences, are you up to speed on the rules of the road?