GEM reminds drivers that some major changes in traffic law for decades begin today
Fixed penalty notices for careless driving offences such as middle lane hogging come into effect today (Friday 16 August 2013), warns GEM Motoring Assist. Following a government consultation announced in June, a new £100 fine will be introduced for a wide range of careless driving offences including tailgating and middle lane hogging.
GEM chief executive David Williams advises: “Now, any in-car distractions that cause you to swerve or drive badly could lead to the issue of a fine. The key thing is that you don’t have to inconvenience other road users to be issued with a ticket.”
Some typical examples of careless driving under the new rules are:
- overtaking on the inside
- ‘tailgating’ – or driving inappropriately close to another vehicle
- inadvertently driving through a red light
- emerging from a side road into the path of another vehicle
- tuning a car radio, if that action distracts you unnecessarily
- selecting and lighting a cigarette if that is seen as an avoidable distraction.
In situations where the owner of a vehicle fails to identify the driver when an offence was committed, the fine will rise from £120 to £200 and points will be imposed. Where someone is caught driving without insurance, they will be fined £300, an increase from the current level of £200.
“It’s also worth remembering that the fine for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving rises from £60 to £100 today,” adds David Williams.