A new survey suggests that a significant majority of those questioned want bigger fines for speeding on Britain’s roads.
An online poll of 2,680 people for the road safety lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners found 85% were in favour of “more stringent enforcement of road traffic laws, with 80% wanting stiffer penalties for those caught speeding.
88% of those who responded agreed a proportion of the money from fines should be used for road safety initiatives and enforcement.
Road Safety Lead Alison Hernandez, who is PCC for Devon and Cornwall, said, “Far too many lives are being risked or ruined due to inconsiderate, dangerous drivers who have a blatant disregard for their own safety and that of others when they ignore the law.
“The results of this survey send a clear message that road safety is important to our communities and they want to see more rigorous enforcement of our traffic laws.
“All of the money generated by fixed penalty fines and other motoring offences goes to HM Treasury – not to the police, councils or highways authorities whose job it is to keep our roads safe. I don’t think this is fair.
“Also, the level of fixed penalty notice fines for some offences is out of kilter with the harm caused.
“The penalty for those caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving doubled to a £200 fine and six points last year, and the maximum fine for those admitting littering from a car rose to £150 – yet the fixed penalty charge for speeding remains at £100 and three points.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am calling for the fixed penalty fines for some traffic offences to be increased to act as a greater deterrent and, importantly, that this additional revenue is passed directly onto local road safety measures, with a priority given to enforcement.”