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Speed twice...get banned
Drivers' anger at roads crackdown

By Bob Roberts Political Editor 10/11/2007

Radical plans to ban motorists after just two speeding offences triggered a huge row yesterday.

Safety campaigners backed the move but some drivers branded it unrealistic and unfair.

Paul Smith, founder of motorists' group Safe Speed, said: "Exceeding the speed limit is not automatically dangerous.

Drivers could face losing their licence after two perfectly routine cases of driving safely."

The row comes after ministers floated plans for drivers going far over the speed limit to get six points on their licences - and 12 points in three years means a ban. The existing flat rate is three points and a £60 fine.

The new plans would see drivers going at 45mph or over in a 30mph zone get double points and a £100 fine. Those doing 70mph in a 50mph area or 94mph in a 70mph zone would receive the same punishment. Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the Government was determined to cut levels of "excessive" speeding.

He said: "We've a consensus that speeding is wrong and dangerous."

And the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: "It is not getting at the ordinary motorist. It's getting at those who flagrantly break the speed limit."

The Department for Transport will launch a consultation paper. No 10 said last night: "This is just one possible option on a consultation paper yet to be published."

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