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Road safety takes centre stage in legal programme

THE Road Safety Bill was due to form the centrepiece of the Government’s new legislative programme unveiled in this week’s Queen’s speech.

One part of the Bill is to introduce more flexible fines for speeding by increasing penalties for the worst offenders and reducing them for minor offences.

When this was mooted earlier in the year, fleets were warned of performing closer checks on driving licences as drivers could lose them more quickly.

It was expected that measures announced on Tuesday, after Fleet News went to press, would see ‘low speed offenders’ getting a £40 fine and two-point licence endorsement instead of the current £60 and three points.

Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit substantially will face fines of £100 and get six points on their licence. This would apply to drivers caught travelling faster than 44mph in a 30mph area or 56mph on a 40mph road.

The Bill is part of the Government’s commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on roads by 40% by 2010.

It was also likely to include measures such as new police powers to take drink-drive evidence at the roadside, powers to allow mandatory re-testing of drivers disqualified for 24 months or more and tougher penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, careless driving and using a dangerous vehicle.

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