IAM RESPONSE TO DFT ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW PENALTIES TO TACKLE CARELESS DRIVING
IAM director of policy Neil Greig said: "We are unconvinced that making careless driving a fixed penalty notice offence will improve road safety. Careless driving covers a range of offences, varying from parking to highly irresponsible behaviour which deserves a court summons.
The IAM strongly support driver re-education courses and these could still be handed out through courts.
"An increase in speeding and other penalty fines is needed to keep up with inflation. Yet the Ministry of Justice only recently suggested a victim surcharge be added to them. This would make any increase much larger. The real aim of fines for motoring offences should be deterrence rather than generating income."