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24 November 2008 by Mary Heaney

More stringent laws to ban motorists after two speeding offences

The government has announced new proposals to tackle dangerous drivers, including banning drivers who break the speed limit by a significant amount more than once.

The government has announced new proposals to tackle dangerous drivers, including banning drivers who break the speed limit by a significant amount more than once.


The consultation from the Department for Transport proposes that drivers committing speeding offences that exceed the limit by more than 20 miles per hour should receive a six-point penalty without a court hearing.


To administer more than three-points under current laws a motorist would have to be taken to court. Under the new proposals a driver would be banned if they were caught excessively speeding more than once.


"I'm not convinced this is going to alter things drastically," says motoring solicitor Simon Corbett-Jones of Southampton based law firm Eric Robinson. "People speeding excessively will be in more trouble but most cases don't fall into this higher bracket."


The paper also suggests changes to the way careless drivers and motorists under the influence of drink or drugs are treated. The new proposals would do away with the option for drink drivers moderately above the limit to request a second test by a doctor and would introduce formal drug limits. Careless drivers who admit fault, meanwhile, could receive an automatic £60 fine and three-point penalty without going through the court.





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