Government Plans £10,000 Attack on Speeding Drivers

By Gary Cutlack on at

The maximum fine for being caught speeding on the motorway may be increased to a staggering £10,000, as the government looks at ways to more forcefully control drivers. And make a bit of extra money out of us all, too.

The plan is to quadruple fines for motorway speeding, also raising the maximum for being caught breaking the limit on dual carriageways and talking on your mobile from £1,000 to £4,000. Should magistrates decide you've been bad enough to impose the maximum, that is. We suspect you'd need to be caught doing 200mph past a school in a chariot with swords coming out of your wheels to get hit with the full whack.

Despite the fact that motoring groups are clearly against the idea, the UK's justice minister, Jeremy Wright, said: "Financial penalties can be an effective way of punishing criminals and deterring them from further offending. These changes will provide magistrates with greater powers to deal with the day-to-day offences that impact their local communities." [Independent]

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