I see that Nanny has found another easy way of raising money to fund her bloated bureaucracy. This time it involves a whole new set of on-the-spot fines for various newly created motoring offences.
Lane hoggers and tailgaters, I fully agree that both types of individual are a scourge on the roads, can now be can now be punished with on-the-spot police fines of £100 plus 3 points.
Whilst this is all very fine and dandy, if it reduces the number of genuine offences, the fact that the fines can be administered without the "hassle" of going to court means that there is an almighty temptation to issue these fines willy nilly.
The AA are of the view that around 33% of all drivers actually risk being fined; if this statistic is true it doesn't say much for the quality of driving in this country, and it offers Nanny a remarkably easy cash cow to target and slaughter at her leisure.
Among the offences police are expected to focus on, according to the BBC, are:
• Driving too close to the vehicle in front
• Overtaking and pushing into a queue of traffic
• Being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue on a roundabout
• Lane discipline, such as needlessly hogging the middle or outside lanes
• Inappropriate speed
• Wheel-spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres
People can still challenge the fines in court, if they wish.
Let's see how this all works out then!
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