Author: Jack Evans
Speeding drivers could now be fined for marginal offences thanks to changes in speed capturing technology.
The long-established discretionary way of dealing with speeding offences has already been scrapped in Scotland, with drivers receiving written warnings for travelling even 1mph over the speed limit.
Usually, motorists would be allowed a ten per cent leeway over the speed limit, though this was down to the officer’s discretion. This, however, could be replaced across the country with a newer and more specific system.
The traditional leeway was based on the inaccuracy of the speed detection equipment, though with the advancement in these systems this has become less relevant.
A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council told the Daily Mirror: “If you are over the limit, you are breaking the law and technology makes it easier to pinpoint exact speeds”.
However, he did go on to say that “enforcing speed limits is at the discretion of individual chief constables”, so there is some hope for motorists looking to appeal their cases.
As mentioned previously, the measures have only been enforced in Scotland for now, but it could easily become a nationwide policy. It would come with an increased fine amount for offences, rising from £60 to £90.
The ever-improving technology being utilised by police to enforce speed limits will mean that offences can be caught with even more precision than before. Without the discretionary allowance, drivers would have to deal with a fine or points on their licence for even the smallest of speeding offences.