Motorists oppose fixed penalty notice price rise

10th April 2012

Government proposals for an increase to the fixed penalty notice charge has received a frosty reception from UK motorists.

According to research conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM), half of drivers are against the change, which will see the charge rise from £60 to £90.

Of the 1,129 drivers questioned, 51 per cent opposed the change, with a further 28 per cent strongly against the change rep and 13 per cent currently undecided on the matter.

Fixed penalty notices are given to drivers for a variety of motoring offences, including speeding and driving through red lights.

This planned increased of £30 has received a frosty reception from drivers who are already balancing the rising cost of fuel with regular expenses like MOT testing and the regular maintenance of tyres.

Despite this opposition, 80 per cent of drivers backed plans which would see any money raised through the increase reinvested in road safety improvements.

Simon Best, the IAM chief executive said: “While funding victims of crime is laudable, the real aim of fines for motoring offences should be deterrence.

"Having an income that relies on dangerous driving won’t help reduce crashes," he warned.

No official word has been given on when the changes may be implemented.

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