Higher fixed penalties in August
Department for Transport recently announced that fixed penalty levels will increase from16 August 2013. The changes are being introduced following a public consultation which took place in 2012 including road safety groups and police services.
As well as affecting motoring offences, these changes also increase graduated fixed penalties and financial deposits for vans, trucks and buses. Offences against roadworthiness, loading and drivers’ hours rules will result in higher penalties at the roadside.
VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said, “These new penalty levels are intended to ensure penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and are consistent with those in other areas of offending. I know the majority of operators and drivers work within the law, but those that don’t need to know there are increased financial consequences and they should reconsider if it’s worth the risk.”
Increases will also be made to the maximum deposit that we can take at the roadside from offending overseas vehicles. Penalty points will not change.
VOSA’s Guide to Graduated Fixed Penalties and Financial Deposits will be updated on 16 August to reflect the new fees.