Motoring misdemeanours happen. It’s a fact of driving. If we’re stressed, distracted or just plain lost, it’s all too easy to make an indiscretion that might anger or alarm another road user. We shouldn’t do it. It’s our fault. But it happens.
However, the stronger stuff needs to be dealt with using a firm hand. While speeding might be an everyday occurrence to some, the limits are there for a very real reason: safety.
So are the penalties for driving while using a mobile phone or careless driving. In fact, a survey by road safety charity Brake and car insurance company Direct Line revealed that a massive 78% of drivers are in favour of fining drivers who contravene these rules £200 or more– 47% said that should be upwards of £500.
Motorists in the UK are also miffed at how drivers with more than 12 points on their licence manage to get away with the “exceptional hardship” excuse and carry on driving despite having totted up more than the maximum.
A staggering 10,000 drivers in England and Wales were driving with 12 points or more on their licence this time last year. Now the law-abiding crop of drivers in the UK are asking for something to be done about it – and quite rightly, too.
The points system is there to penalise you for poor driving. But you have a few chances as everybody makes mistakes. These people driving with more than 12 points have had their chances and continue to offend – it proves they can’t be safe on the road or trusted behind the wheel.
And it’s safety that is the paramount factor. Those who have proven they can’t drive shouldn’t be allowed to as they’re endangering their lives and those of other road users around them.
Motorists and charities are now calling for something to be done, including:
- An increase in the level of fixed penalty fines to a minimum of £500, ideally around £1,000
- The closure of the “exceptional hardship” loophole so drivers with more than 12 points are banned without exception
- Greater government support to educate the motoring public
- Increased traffic police presence in the UK
We need our government to act now to make the roads safer for all the responsible road users out there.