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Driving Offences

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what plans he has to provide for the police to issue on-the-spot fines to motorists for (a) careless driving and (b) other road traffic offences for which offenders are prosecuted. (290728)

The Road Safety Compliance Consultation, published in November 2008 sought views on proposals for measures to improve compliance levels with key road safety laws. This included a proposal to allow for fixed penalties for certain categories of careless driving. The consultation ended on 27 February 2009 and all responses are being carefully considered.

The Department for Transport will announce its response to the consultation and the measures it intends to take forward, including on careless driving, alongside the new Road Safety Strategy later this year.

Both VOSA and the police already have the ability to issue on-the-spot fines for certain road traffic offences.