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    NEW PENALTIES FOR CARELESS DRIVING AT WORK OR PLAY

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    The goverment is consulting on proposals to make fixed penalty notices available for careless driving thereby giving the police greater flexibility in dealing with “less serious careless driving offences”. The fixed penalty will enable the police to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement. Drivers would still be able to appeal any decision in court.

    The proposed fixed penalty for careless driving will be £90 with three points on the driver’s licence. The most serious cases will continue to go to court where offenders may face stiffer penalties. The consultation closes on 5 September 2012. 

    Speeding, seat belt and mobile phone fines set to increase

    Other proposals announced for consultation include plans to increase the payment levels for many motoring fixed penalty offences e.g. speeding, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. The proposals would see penalties for these offences increase from £60 to £90.

    Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

    “Careless driving is a major public concern and a cause of deaths and injuries on our roads. These changes support both police enforcement and, for some cases, the associated offer of educational training for motorists unaware of the full, potential consequences of driving carelessly.

    We also need to make sure that the penalties for a wide range of fixed penalty motoring offences are set at reasonable levels, consistent with the potentially severe consequences of some infringements.”

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