– Neil Greig, Institute of Advanced Motorists director of policy
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.
Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence. Fixed penalty notices could also be imposed for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.