Police crackdown: £100 and 3 points for 1mph over the speed limit
Discretion given by police to motorcyclists and drivers over their speed could be a thing of the past as new rules will facilitate punishment for any breach of a speed limit.
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This is already happening in Scotland where authorities have decided to scrap any discretionary allowance, meaning motorists can be penalised for speeding by as little as 1mph.
In the first instance a warning will be issued, but subsequent offences will result in riders being issued with a £100 fine and three points on their license.
Prior to this road users were used to a margin of error of roughly 10% of the speed limit plus 2mph, but police are now saying that speed-measuring devices are advanced and accurate enough for this to change.
If the scheme is successful in Scotland, other forces across the UK could follow suit, the police stating it hopes to reduce accidents and deaths as a result of these new plans.
The AA has spoken out against the idea. “We need motorists to concentrate on what is on the road in front of them, not always looking at the speedo,” said its president Edmund King. “If a someone strays over the limit by 2mph, they shouldn’t, but it’s better that they do that and stay focused on what is going on around them.”
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