Speeding offenders could pay extra

Millions of drivers fined for speeding may have to shell out an extra £15 towards a fund for crime victims.

The Victim's Surcharge introduced in April 2007 is currently limited to court fines, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw is said to be considering extending it to on-the-spot fines, fixed penalty notices and a number of other punishments imposed by the court.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "The surcharge has to date been applied only to fines, at a rate of £15. The Government is considering whether to extend the surcharge to certain types of penalty notices and other court disposals."

Figures show that between April 2008 and January 2009 the surcharge raised more than £6.6 million, which could go up considerably if the three million drivers given fixed penalties for speeding each year are required to pay £15 over their £60 minimum fine.