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Changes to careless driving penalties 10/06/2013 The Government last week announced that new measures will soon give the police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving

Changes to careless driving penalties

The Government last week announced that new measures will soon give the police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving, giving them greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences.

In addition, existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences - including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt - will rise to £100 to bring them into line with the penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties. Fixed penalty levels for most of these motoring offences have not increased since 2000, and are now lower than other penalties of a similar severity.

The rises in fixed penalties offences include:

• a non-endorsable (where the driver does not receive points on their licence) £30 fixed penalty notice will rise to £50
• an endorsable (where points are given) £60 and non-endorsable fixed penalty notice will rise to £100
• an endorsable £120 fixed penalty notice will rise to £200
• the fixed penalty notice for driving with no insurance will rise from £200 to £300

Graduated fixed penalties (mainly for commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles and including offences like drivers’ hours and overloading) and financial deposits (for drivers without a satisfactory UK address) will also increase:

• a £30 non-endorsable fine will rise to £50
• a £60 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £100
• a £120 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £200
• a £200 endorsable and non-endorsable fine will rise to £300

The changes - which the government aim to bring into force in July this year - are being introduced following extensive public consultation with road safety groups and police forces.
 

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