New road laws are now in force, so be prepared…

New fixed penalties for careless driving – including needlessly hogging the middle-lane of the motorway and ‘tailgating’ – came into force on Friday 16 August.

Now whether you are guilty of this or not, it’s best to be aware of how the police are fining people.

The level of fines for some existing offences, such as using a mobile phone while driving, will rise substantially.

Various fines for which drivers do not have their licence endorsed rise from £30 to £50. These include such offences as not having an easily-seen car tax disc and failing to give way at a junction. Other fines, such as some speeding offences, rise from £60 to £100. These offences also lead to an endorsement on the licence.

The fine for failing to wear a seatbelt also goes up from £60 to £100, while the driving-without-insurance fine rises from £200 to £300.

Happy, safe driving.

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