Most people oppose increase in fixed penalty costs

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has come out against the current proposal to increase the fixed penalty fines from £60 to £90.

As a safety organisation, this is perhaps surprising, but the IAM does not like the fact that the fines appear to be a general revenue raising exercise for the government, with the government promising to increase spending on victim support.

The organisation has carried out a survey of 1129 respondents. 51% disagreed with the proposal, 35% agreed with the proposal and 13 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed. When asked what they would think if the money went into improving road safety as opposed to victim support in general, 80% were happier with this proposal.

80% of respondents think that this scheme could reduce driver’s trust in the purpose of enforcement measures, including safety cameras – frankly we are a bit surprised that 80% think there is much trust left to lose.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “While funding victims of crime is laudable, the real aim of fines for motoring offences should be deterrence. We want to stop people breaking the law. Having an income that relies on dangerous driving won’t help reduce crashes. There is a strong case for this money to be spent on road safety.”