New penalties for careless drivingThe Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced that new Police powers allow fixed penalties to be issued for careless or inconsiderate driving.
The fixed penalties can be issued to anyone who puts other road users at risk. The DSA has stated that offences include tailgating or poor lane discipline amongst the hazards identified by these new powers.
These new powers are to allow police a greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences, essentially freeing up time from court processes and proceedings.
There has also been an uprating of existing fixed penalty levels for motoring offences including using a mobile phone whilst at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt. This is to bring these fines in line with similar non-motoring fixed penalties.
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