Middle-lane hogging continues despite fines

Road Hog

I was disappointed to learn that despite the introduction of new fixed penalty notices for drivers carrying out dangerous driving practices, like tailgating and middle-lane hogging, increased fines have so far failed to deliver the mass deterrent that was expected.

This information was the view of respondents to the latest AA-Populus survey, with 74 per cent of UK motorists stating that since the introduction of these new offences, they have seen little change in behaviour among road users up and down the country.

Overall, just 29 per cent of people stated they have modified their behaviour as a result of these new fines.

Careless driving has been an offence since the eighties, but it was hoped that giving police the power to fine people for less serious examples of it would encourage drivers to change their behaviour, without clogging up the courts.

These results show that enforcement must be a priority if these green shoots of progress are to be maintained.

Indeed, 82 per cent of respondents to the poll stated that a more visible police presence would be the best tactic in changing driver attitudes and behaviour for the better.

Coming into effect from August last year, the cost of fixed penalty notices for a range of offences rose in the UK, with the previous £60 fine for careless driving increasing to £100 per incident recorded.

Drivers who are believed to have committed an offence have the option to not pay these fines and instead take their case to court, but should they do so and be found guilty, they could face even greater punishment.

What do you think?

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