London 'is UK motor-fine capital'

London has emerged as the country's motoring-fine capital, with drivers in the metropolitan area paying an average of £680 in fines over a lifetime.

Research by insurance company esure also showed that over a lifetime, motorists in north-east England pay an average of £352 for road offences, while those in south-east England pay £303.

According to the survey of 1,107 UK motorists, Northern Ireland drivers pay the least for driving offences (£90), while motorists in Scotland pay an average of £198 in motoring fines.

In comparison with women, who pay £210 on average for driving offences, men clock up £344 of fines in a lifetime.

Although speeding and illegal parking are the offences generating the most fines, more than four in 10 (46%) of men and a quarter of women admitted they had been caught while breaking speed limits.

As many as 36% of drivers said they deliberately disobey parking rules and regulations, while 34% said they often get confused about such rules.

Mike Pickard, head of risk and underwriting at esure car insurance, said: "Owning and running a car in the UK can be very costly, particularly with rising fuel costs, and avoidable charges for driving offences only make this more expensive.

"Offences such as speeding and using a mobile phone while driving not only add points to a motorist's driving licence but are deemed offences for a reason. They are actions that put drivers and other road-users at risk."

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