Was the government's decision to increase last year's fines for another dairy cow due to traffic violations? Or does it really affect dangerous driving?
A new assessment of the data from the Ministry of Justice showed that the recent stricter penalties for two traffic offenses led to a decrease in the number of offenses and to an increase in funding for the Treasury.
Fines for both the use of a mobile device at the wheel and speed violations were increased in March 2017 and since then these violations have fallen by 44 percent and 8.5 percent respectively.
Dangerous driving: new statistics obtained from the MoJ show that increased penalties for the use of a mobile phone at the wheel have contributed to a significant reduction in the number of violations
Garant of a car guarantee Guarantee Directly analyzed MoJ figures for the past five years to reveal the effect that the increased fines have on the number of people who have violated the law while driving.
In March the Department for Transport decided to double the penalties for those who were caught operating a telephone or other mobile device at the wheel.
This means an increase in penalty points from three to six and fines that jump from £ 100 to £ 200.
For drivers who have had their driving license for less than two years, this means that they immediately lose it and have to take their test again when they are caught.
Official figures from the MoJ show that this increase had a significant impact, with the number of fines dropping 44 percent from the previous year.
The 6,175 fines handed over to motorists between March and December last year (after the fines were increased) were 59 percent lower than the number of fines for drivers in the same period in 2013.
The fines to be caught with a telephone at the wheel dropped 44% year-on-year after the Ministry of Transport doubled the penalty in March 2017.
But despite the decreases, the revenues for the Treasury increased.
Year after year, the government recorded an additional £ 130,000 in fines after the fines were doubled.
Number of fines for drivers who use telephones
March – December 2013: 14,974 fines
March – December 2014: 14,970 fines
March – December 2015: 14,027 fines
March – December 2016: 11,052 fines
March – December 2017: 6.175 fines
Source: Warranty Direct
However, compared to five years ago, it fell by more than £ 260,000, with more than twice as many drivers being fined in 2013.
Only one month after the increase in fines for those who were caught using a phone while driving, the speed rules were also updated in a similar attempt to dent the number of motorists exceeding the limit.
Fines increased from a minimum of £ 100 to a maximum of 150 percent of a person's weekly wage, depending on how far the limit had been exceeded.
Drivers were also told that they would expect a maximum of six points on their driving license, again depending on the extent to which a motorist exceeded the limit.
Before the increase in April, the number of speed penalties issued annually between 2013 and 2016 increased by 68 percent, and this increased steadily (or remained the same) from year to year.
Speed fines also decreased after motorists were warned that it could cost up to 150% of their weekly income if they were caught
But once the government had introduced the new fines, speeding violations dropped to the lowest level for four years.
Warranty Direct said the statistics clearly showed drivers have been aware of the updated penalties and that they are more cautious on the road.
Simon Ackers, chief executive at the guarantor, said: & # 39; It is great to see that these updated driving laws have had a significant, positive effect on driving behavior in such a short time.
Number of fines for drivers caught speeding
May – December 2013: 75,428 fines
May – December 2014: 101,823 fines
May – December 2015: 111,067 fines
May – December 2016: 110,863 fines
May – December 2017: 101,654 fines
Source; Warranty Direct
I do not believe that it is only the increased financial penalties that affect people's driving behavior, because motorists have increased their efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of unsafe driving.
We fully support new measures that make our roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
I believe that more motorists really start to understand the effects of driving fast and using their mobile phone at the wheel. & # 39;
Although MoJ statistics may suggest that the number of motorists' penalties have decreased since the increase in penalties, some would argue that the exhaustive numbers of police officers may also have an impact on falling statistics.
Last year – around the same time that these penalties were updated – the Press Association filed a request for information to all 45 British police services to ask how many dedicated traffic officers they had compared to five and ten years ago.
It has been said that since 2012 the number has dropped by 24 percent and by 30 percent compared to 2007.
Drivers who exceed the limit can receive up to six penalty points in the new system
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