Careless drivers to be punished

Careless drivers to be punished

A crackdown on anti-social motoring is to punish drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars on the motorway.

Those guilty of such offences will face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence under new plans announced by the Government.

Other proposals could see the police handed powers to issue instant fixed penalty notices to drivers who do not give way at a junction or use the wrong lane at a roundabout.

Activity like this has generally gone unpunished in the past because of the bureaucracy involved in prosecuting a case. A motorist has to be stopped by a police officer, a summons issued and evidence presented in court.

However, the new plans intend to make it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers. They will allow them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.

The Government is also poised to increase the fine for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving or not wearing a seat belt from £60 to £100, while the fixed penalty for driving withoutcar insurance is expected to double from £100 to £200.

Copyright Press Association 2013