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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 846747.ece

Your fast track to a driving ban

Motorists with just two speeding offences could be banned from driving under plans being considered by the government.

If the new law was introduced immediately, the 1.1m drivers who have six points or more on their licences could face an immediate ban for just one more offence.

The Department for Transport (DfT) wants higher penalties for excess speeding. The new system would apply to drivers caught at 45mph or over in a 30mph limit. At the moment, they face a £60 fine and three points on their licence. Under the new scheme they would be fined £100 and have six penalty points.

But there is confusion over whether ministers have scrapped plans to introduce a lower penalty – two points and a £40 fine – for drivers who drift just a few miles per hour over the limit.

Jim Fitzpatrick, the road safety minister, told The Times that such a plan would undermine the message that even small breaches of the limit could kill. But on Sky News he was reported as saying that smaller penalties might still be possible: “Just crossing the threshold, I would consider a different offence to someone driving 50mph in a 30mph zone.” Motorists are now given up to four chances before being banned. They can take a speed awareness course to avoid the first penalty and then commit three more offences before the next one leads to a ban once 12 points have been collected. The DfT will publish a consultation document about the new plans before Christmas.

Paul Smith, founder of campaign group Safe Speed, said: “Drivers will rightly be concerned that they will be faced with losing their licences for six months after two perfectly routine cases of driving safely. We all know that exceeding the speed limit isn’t automatically dangerous.” According to Safe Speed, excessive speed is only responsible for 5% of accidents. There are more than 30,000 people killed or seriously injured on British roads each year. Just over 3,000 of these are killed. Three times as many men are killed as women. The figures have been falling steadily over the past 15 years, although progress seems to have slowed in the past year or two.

According to official road safety statistics, four of the six most frequently reported contributory factors in accidents involved driver error.

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Sunday Times wrote:
According to Safe Speed, excessive speed is only responsible for 5% of accidents.


Shouldn't that read "According to official DfT figures..."?


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RobinXe wrote:
Sunday Times wrote:
According to Safe Speed, excessive speed is only responsible for 5% of accidents.


Shouldn't that read "According to official DfT figures..."?


Sure. Of course it should.

But then it's good to be accepted as a reference source. In effect, it's an error in our favour.

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Of course its good to find that sort of acceptance from the journos, my only concern is that sceptics might find it easier to dismiss.

Overall a positive article for our standpoint though I think.


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RobinXe wrote:
Of course its good to find that sort of acceptance from the journos, my only concern is that sceptics might find it easier to dismiss.

Overall a positive article for our standpoint though I think.


Agreed.

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