Fixed Penalty Notice Fines In The UK Set To Rise?
Posted on , by Nick Preston
Could fixed penalty fines in the UK rise from £60 to £90?
A government consultation has been launched to look into the prospect of raising fixed penalty fines – such as those for speeding or using the phone whilst driving.
Obviously, there is no excuse for breaking the speed limit, or using mobile phones whilst driving, but often it’s all too easy to creep above strict speed limits in today’s modern and powerful cars. The government seem out of touch with the rest of us regarding speed limits, especially on our motorways, with strict laws that date from 1965 which was even before the invention of standard disc brakes, traction control systems and airbags.
Transport Minister, Mike Penning, believes that the current fixed penalty limit of £60 suggests that offences are treated by motorists as minor and tougher penalties will dissuade us from breaking the law.
Some relief from these fines might come in the form of more driver training through methods such as speed awareness courses or remedial classes, that could offer an alternative to the standard points on your license, although you will still have to fork out for the cost of the course, which is usually more than a fine.
MPs are currently seeking the views of the public before deciding on whether to implement this fixed penalty fine increase.
Once again we are getting screwed over by the government when it comes to fines and taxes, and this is just another way for them to squeeze us for every penny.
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