The government has announced it will be coming down harder on careless drivers who put other motorists and passengers lives at risk on the motorway. Drivers caught hogging the middle lane, tailgating or cutting up other vehicles will face on-the-spot fines of £100 and will also have 3 points issued on their driving licence.
Careless Driving Facing Fixed Penalties and Points
Police will be issuing fixed penalty fines to anyone who is found to be ‘anti-social driving’. This could include failing to give way at a junction or driving in the wrong lane on a roundabout.
The police are cracking down on motorists who middle-lane hog and tailgate, along with those jumping lights, not wearing seatbelts, speeding and using a mobile phone whilst driving. There will also be driver awareness courses offered to careless driving offenders, similar to the existing speeding awareness courses.
Mobile Phone Offences Putting Lives at Risk
The current fine of £60 which is issued to drivers caught using a handheld mobile device behind the wheel is set to almost double to £100.
Nowadays, most people have at least one handheld electronic device, whether it is a music player, mobile phone or Sat Nav and using such gadgets behind the wheel when driving can seriously hinder a driver’s concentration and impair ability to react quickly. Stephen Glaister from the RAC Foundation said that mobile phone use behind the wheel ‘slows drivers’ reaction times even more so than being equal to the drink driving limit!
Totters at Risk from Driving Bans
The accumulation of points is a very common reason for drivers to lose their licences. For some drivers who already have points on their licence, the new careless driving offences could see them face disqualification.
How Just Motor Law can help
If you find yourself faced with the possibility of losing your licence from totting up points, we can advise you, support you and help you to retain your licence. We have a team of dedicated, friendly and professional solicitors who can help to keep you on the roads. Simply give us a call, send us a message or request a call back online and we will do our best to assist you. You can also find more information about totting up points here.