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Motoring Offence Penalties to Increase

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Under new proposals, which were outlined earlier this week, the maximum fines imposed by Magistrate Courts, for a number of motoring offences are set to rise significantly; with the highest level of offence set to receive a maximum penalty of £10,000.

According to the Justice Minister, the proposals would see the financial penalties for motoring offences be set at the right level to be an effective punishment for offenders; with the proposals being announced after it was revealed that the total fines collected at the end of 2012 / 2013 reaching a record high.

Under the proposals outlined, offences which are classed as “Level 4” and include speeding on the motorway, drink-driving, driving with defective brakes and driving with defective tyres are set to see the maximum fines imposed increase from £2,500 to £10,000.

In addition, the maximum financial penalties for “Level 3” offences, such as driving through a red light or using a mobile phone whilst driving, are set to increase from their current level of £1,000 to £4,000.

With proposals outlined to increase the maximum penalties which can be imposed by Magistrates Courts to those found guilty of motoring offences, it is important to ensure that should you find yourself facing motoring offence charges, that you seek the experienced legal advice of our road traffic solicitors in Leeds.

Our solicitors are experienced in handling a range of motoring offence cases, and through our experience within this area of law, we are committed to providing specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving a licence, wherever possible.