How Higher Fines are Making our Roads Safer

Fines can be a pain in the neck, but stay within the law and no one can deny that the changes since 2017 have made courier work safer for all.

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(businesspress24) - It can be easy to see fines as just a pain in the neck; something to have a moan about or (more cynically) as a revenue raiser for the government. But, as anyone involved in courier work knows, fines are just one of many ways the authorities try to keep our roads safer. They encourage good behaviour on the road, which is something that especially benefits professional drivers who spend a lot of time at the wheel.

Read on to find out how recent changes to the law are already having a positive impact.

Changes

Spring 2017 saw a series of changes to how those who break driving laws are dealt with. In this piece, we
Mobile phones

Those in the delivery industry know as well as anyone else how dangerous it can be to be distracted with a phone call while driving. Who hasn

The government certainly seems to have taken notice. In March 2017 they introduced a new, higher fixed penalty for using your mobile phone while driving. Offenders now face up to six points on their licence and a

Speeding

How fast youork. To help keep all drivers safe, new rules were introduced in April 2017 that drastically changed the penalty structure for speeding offences. At worst, offenders can now be fined up to 150% of their weekly income.

Effects

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Happily, analysis of Ministry of Justice data suggests the new fines are having the desired effect. According to Warranty Direct the number of fines given out for speeding increased by around 47% in the period from 2013 to 2016. After the new fines were introduced, however, that increase was turned into a sizeable drop, with 8% fewer speeding fines issued in 2017.

Even better, everyone engaged in courier work can worry a little less about mobile phone users making the roads dangerous. The same data showed a truly staggering decrease in fines issued for phone use. Where over 11,000 were given out between March and December 2016, that figure dropped to almost half in 2017, with only around 6,000 phone users fined.



All this can only be positive for all road users. Awareness-raising campaigns and other initiatives have likely contributed to this positive effect, for sure. But it

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Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world''s largest neutral trading hub for same day courier work in the express freight exchange industry. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.



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