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Date published: 2007/11/09

The BBC says:

Motorists caught driving well over the speed limit could face tougher penalties, under plans to be considered by the government.

The worst offenders, such as those doing 45mph in a 30mph zone, could have six points added to their licence.

This could result a driving ban - given when 12 points are accumulated within three years - for just two offences.

Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the government was "determined" to cut levels of "excessive" speeding.
The Department for Transport is launching a consultation within the next few months, with the findings expected next year.

Under the plans, people driving at 45mph or above in a 30mph limit could receive a fixed penalty of six points and a £100 fine.

Those caught doing 70mph in a 50mph zone or 94mph in a 70mph zone would face the same sanction, it adds.

The existing flat rate for speeding is three points on a licence and a £60 fine.

A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: "We welcome measures where people who are grossly above the speed limit get tougher penalty points.

"It is not getting at the ordinary motorist. It is getting at those who flagrantly break the speed limit."

Another fatuous public consultation, where the academic middle class will dominate the proceedings. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is evidently typical of the health and safety nutters who are ruining the country. (They have evidently never been on a motorway, where 99% of drivers break the speed limit. So this is an attack on the "ordinary" motorist.) The minister Fitzpatrick has less of an excuse for his silly comments. If the government at least pretended to be interested in reducing accidents that would be one thing. Instead they are obviously only interested in cutting levels of "excessive" speeding.

The proposals take no context into account. For example, most speed limits do not vary according to the time of day, or the weather. There are plenty of rural roads where the speed limit is 60mph and that is crazily too high, and there are equally plenty of roads near towns where the speed limit is 40mph and that is crazily too low. Indeed, on many roads in the country, the speed limit has recently arbitrarily been reduced from 60mph to 40mph, or from 40mph to 30mph. So one day you can be driving at a speed which does not rate a mention, but the next day the same speed is deemed to be a danger to the world.

And as anyone who drives knows (and you have to wonder how many of the people who proposed this new regime are drivers), the speed limits often change arbitrarily from one section of road to the next. And unless you spend your entire driving effort paying attention to each and every sign, rather than driving, you can easily miss a sign. Of course the anti-car zealots (who run the transport planning in the UK) don't care. Their entire purpose in life is to screw car drivers.

And the ruling elite wonder why the people of Britain think they are scum.

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