Government crackdown on anti-social motoring
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If you’re sometimes guilty of hogging the middle lane whilst on the motorway or using your mobile phone whilst driving, it’s time to stop, or you could face an on-the-spot fine and points on your licence.
Using your mobile phone whilst driving has been against the law since 2007; new changes mean the fine is now set to increase from £60 to £100.
Other ‘anti-social’ habits for which you could be issued an instant fixed penalty notice include not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.
This may seem harsh but when talking to the Daily Telegraph, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond commented that “careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's lives at risk.
"That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.
"We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences."