Vehicle safety and breakdown recovery organisation GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed the government's decision to increase fines for individuals caught speeding on the nation's roads.
Now in force, fines for those breaking the speed limit across England and Wales have been increased by 50 per cent – meaning offenders could be hit with costs of up to £1,000 for offences on standard roads and up to £2,500 on motorways.
Previously, drivers found guilty of excessive speed could be hit with a maximum penalty of one week's income up to the aforementioned limits. However, this has now been increased to 150 per cent.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "If more people complied with speed limits, there would be fewer deaths and injuries on our roads; it's as simple as that. We therefore welcome the increase in fines, as we know the enforcement of speed limits plays a vital role in road safety."
He concluded that individual motorists need to take personal responsibility for the speeds they reach when driving. Nobody will force you to break the speed limit, so people need to take responsibility for their actions and be aware of the potential consequences.
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Speed is one of the biggest factors in many road traffic accidents, with the consequences of excessive speed often proving deadly. Drivers must always remember that excessive speed can be a killer."
Posted on 25th January 2017
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