From July, police will be able to issue on-the-spot penalties, namely £100 fines and three penalty points, for careless driving offences that would currently have to go to court.

People guilty of careless driving will face fixed penalties or the chance to go on a driving course, but the more serious examples will continue to go through the courts, where offenders could face much higher fines and penalties.

The idea is to target offenders without the need for lengthy court procedures. Drivers will still be able to appeal against any decision through the courts.

The Department of Transport has not yet released official guidance on which types of driving will attract fines. However, it is anticipated that the police will focus on situations involving slightly aggressive and inconsiderate driving, such as:-

  • Driving too close to the vehicle in front
  • Failing to give way at a junction
  • Overtaking and pushing into a queue of traffic
  • Being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue on a roundabout
  • Lane discipline — needlessly hogging the middle or outside lanes
  • Wheel-spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres

Current fixed penalties for using a ‘phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt will also rise from £60 to £100.

If you need assistance with a motoring offence, please contact a member of our Motoring Offences team on 01494 450 171.