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Will your bad driving habits cost you £100?

Will your bad driving habits cost you £100?

New powers were given to police to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers for ‘careless and inconsiderate driving’ back in August 2013, and now we can see how these powers have been used since they were first introduced so here at Rivervale Leasing we have all the facts and figures ……..

A whopping 9,852 penalties were given out between August 2013 and August 2014, the penalty consists of a £100 fines and 3 points on your licence but it seems your likelihood of receiving a penalty depends on where you live.  Police in Scotland have really been enjoying their new powers with 3,252 penalties handed out and the Metropolitan police weren’t far behind with 1,397 notices dished out……..if you live in Essex though you will not have to fear the new penalty as police didn’t hand out a single notice over the whole year!

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, agrees the fines are necessary to cut down on what is seen as anti-social driving, but enforcement needs to be made consistent across the country.  The safety minister is pleased with the introduction of the fines as dangerous driving costs lives and removing the need to take drivers to court and issue an on the spot fine helps more offenders be punished.

Now careless and inconsiderate driving can be interpreted in many ways so notices can be handed out for tailgating, middle lane hogging, wheel spins, pushing into queuing traffic, failure to give way, undertaking and driving too close to the car in front.

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There are also some strange circumstances in which the police have used the new penalty’ here are a few of the weird reasons for issuing a fine……

  • Driving on a road closed for roadworks.
  • Stopping to allow pedestrians to cross the road then accelerating through a puddle to soak them.
  • One tractor driver failed to pull over and allow a large queue of patient cars to pass.
  • One driver was completing paperwork on their steering wheel.
  • One driver went the wrong way around a supermarket roundabout.
  • Having the view out of the windscreen obstructed – by a mattress!
  • Last but definitely not least – one gentleman’s driving was described as erratic so he was issued a penalty – the reason cited for his erratic driving?  He was distracted by the acts of a female passenger!  Make of that what you will!!!

So be warned all those bad driving habits we know are wrong but naughtily continue with must come to an end!

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17 March 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy
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