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Fines hike will raise motoring costs for Britons, warns Driverguard

The implications could be grave even for sensible motorists, says the insurance provider.


The cost of motoring in the UK will increase yet again if the government’s proposal to hike speeding fines from £60 to as much as £100 comes into effect, according to the insurance provider Driverguard.

As well as speeding, the proposed hike would be applicable to a range of other motoring offences, including the use of mobile phones, ignoring signals and pedestrian crossings and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A Driverguard spokesperson said: “With Britain's roads already resembling a scene from George Orwell's 1984, with cameras recording every move, even sensible and cautious drivers can get caught out by speed cameras. It's all too easy for ordinary motorists to find that they are facing a driving ban due to totting up points. For some, this could mean losing their job; at the very least, it will have serious financial consequences and this will only be exaggerated by having to pay increased fines for speeding.”

The UK currently operates some 6,000 speeding cameras. Since 1996, there has been a sevenfold increase in speeding offences.

This article first appeared in the 06 February 2012 issue of the New Statesman, Lucky Dave