Companies that lease will be charged an admin fee (often ranging from £15-£30) for each fine the leasing company processes.
Some companies choose to pass both the fine and the admin fee on to the driver.
Natalie Chapman, head of policy – London at the FTA, acknowledges that “it concentrates the mind if the driver knows they might have to pay a fine”.
“Companies need to make the right distinction,” she says. “Did the driver make a genuine mistake or were they simply not caring? If it’s the latter the company should definitely pass the fine on.”