Motorists Targeted Once More

Campervan drivers caught speeding will be facing higher fines in future as the Justice Minister looks to raise money by picking on the motorist once again.

News filtering out from the Justice Ministry suggests that a camper driver, or any other driver for that matter, who flouts speed regulations will not only get points on their licence, and a higher campervan insurance quote, but now looks like facing a minimum £100 speeding fine too. The ministry is looking to find cash to bolster the victim support scheme and they think the easiest way to do this is to expand the Victim Surcharge Scheme.

At the moment the Victim Surcharge Scheme is just levied on criminals who receive a fine when they go to court. It is a standard £15 for an offence and has been so since it was introduced. Now the scheme will be targeted at all criminals and will extend not only to murderers and rapists but also to motorists who pick up fixed price penalties. And with this change will come a change in the surcharge. It will now take the shape of a sliding scale from £15 to £120 depending on the seriousness of the offence. The idea has been lambasted by motoring groups across the UK.

Andrew Howard, head of road safety for the AA, said “We do have a problem when speeding offences are being used as a way of compensating victims of crime. The idea that motorists are being used to raise money to pay victims of crime is something we have opposed in the past and will continue to do so. Many take the view that enforcing motoring law is about raising money and this reinforces that view.”

The Justice Minister Ken Clarke has not yet given details of exactly when the change will take place but it is expected to in the next 12 months.