Careless drivers now face £100 instant fines

British drivers caught lane-hogging or tailgating others will now be on the receiving end of on-the-spot police fines.

According to new police measures, officers will have the power to issue fines of up to £100 in addition to three penalty points, without having to take drivers to court.

The penalties will also be applicable for a number of other offences, including using a phone behind the wheel  or not wearing a seatbelt.

Offences listed by the police that will fall under the new £100 fine umbrella include tailgating, failing to give way at junctions and pushing into a queue of traffic.

Further offences outlined include staying in the wrong lane, using inappropriate speed and other ‘careless manoeuvres’ including spinning the wheels.

However, drivers caught by police will be given the option of either accepting the fine or going on a driver’s awareness course.

More serious offences will still go through the court system but could result in higher fines and penalties than ever before.

Government ministers say that the introduction of the fines will make dealing with problem drivers easier for authorities as many offences currently go unpunished due to the hassle of taking cases to court.

Up to 1/3 of drivers could risk facing new fines

According to AA statistics, up to a third of drivers could risk facing the fine following a survey that showed one in three motorists could be caught hogging the middle lane in the motorway.

However, despite mixed responses from the public, the association also said that responsible drivers would welcome the changes.

AA president, Edmund King, said: “We are pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers, tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle-lane hogs.”

This is the latest in a number of recent crackdowns by the government on motoring offences after stealth cameras have been introduced specifically to target motorway speeders.

Rise of road deaths in the past 12 months

The government response comes off the back of figures showing a rise in road deaths in the past twelve months.

Regarding the cameras, reports have stated that the move could result in blanket enforcement being rolled out across the whole motorway network in the UK.

This would mean that any drivers caught breaking the 79mph upper limit could receive a fixed penalty notice.

Spearheaded by Avon and Somerset police, the force began cracking down on drivers late in June using cameras mounted over stretches of motorway on the M4 and M5.

Within a fortnight, the constabulary reported that 549 drivers caught driving over the limit were issued with either fixed penalty notices or court summons.