– Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation
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.
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.