GEM reminds drivers that some major changes in traffic law for decades begin today

Posted on August 16th, 2013 by James Luckhurst

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 13.38.58Fixed 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.