Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 4


  For speeding offences, the courts can at present endorse driving licences with three to six penalty points; disqualify drivers in the most serious cases; and, impose a fine of up to £1,000 (£2,500 for motorway offences). In practice most speeding offences are dealt with through the fixed penalty system where a driver is currently fined £60 and has three points added to their licence. A driver to gains 12 points or more is disqualified. New drivers who have held a licence for less than two years who accumulate six points or more have their licence revoked.

  Speeding motorists may also be charged with the more serious offence of "dangerous driving" or "careless and inconsiderate driving" (Section 1 and 2 respectively, Road Traffic Act 1991) where much heavier penalties could apply.

  For more serious speeding offences the Home Office Review of Road Traffic Penalties proposed a higher tier of fixed penalty with a fine of £90 instead of £60 and an endorsement more than double the standard number of points. The response to the consultation on these proposals is still being considered.

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