Police to give on-the-spot fines for lane hogging and tailgating

16th August 2013

Motorists will now be given on-the-spot fines if they are caught hogging motorway lanes or tailgating other drivers after new measures came into play.

From today (August 16th) a £100 penalty and three driving licence points can be handed out, which removes the need for officers to take offenders to court. Officers will be asked to make a subjective judgment on what they see on the road and then decide if a certain manoeuvre is illegal or not before taking action.

Fixed penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt have also risen from £60 to £100, while the fine for using a car without insurance has gone up from £200 to £300.

Motorists who are pulled over for the new offences will be able to choose between accepting the fine or going on a driving course, while they can still appeal against any decision through the courts.

Police are expected to also concentrate on a number of other dangerous manoeuvres, including failing to give way at a junction, overtaking and pushing into queues of traffic, entering into queues on a roundabout, inappropriate speed, wheel spins and handbrake turns.

The new measures have been welcomed by a number of road safety bodies, including Brake, with deputy chief executive Julie Townsend stating that unfortunately some motorists remain complacent about the risks and the laws that motoring presents.

"Bad driving causes deaths and life-changing injuries that tear families apart and affect whole communities. All drivers have a responsibility to ensure they aren't putting others at risk, and are helping to prevent these needless casualties. They can do this by following simple principles, such as slowing down, giving the road their full attention, always belting up, and never driving impaired.

"We hope today's changes will help to improve driver attitudes and behaviour. But we are concerned penalties still aren't nearly high enough to deter all bad drivers and reflect the potentially appalling consequences of bad driving."