Tue, Nov 20, 2018 11:44 AM
A leading road safety Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is asking the Government to raise the cost of speeding tickets by up to 30 per cent.
Alison Hernandez, PCC for Devon and Cornwall, wants to see Penalty Charge Notices raised to a minimum £130 from their current basic of £100. Hernandez is also asking MPs to consider increasing the price of the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme. As the lead for road safety for Police and Crime Commissioners in the UK, Hernandez is keen to see the additional funds generated returned to local police forces to support work on road safety.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Hernandez said: “I believe the law-abiding public feel it is wholly appropriate that those who are caught breaking our laws and making the roads more dangerous for all of us should be helping to pay for road safety activities. It is the “polluter pays” principle.
“An additional £20 or £30 per offender could really make a difference to our communities. We could increase the level of fines that are paid for motoring offences and divert some of that money back into police forces to support work on road safety. That money currently goes straight to the Treasury.
“We could charge a levy or additional fee on people who take training courses in lieu of a fine and points, a point I recently raised with the Road Safety Minister.”
Under current legislation all speeding fine revenue goes into the Government coffers, whilst money raised by awareness courses is split between the course organiser and local police force.