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Late fines costing motorists millions per year
Date Listed: 04/05/2012
The website www.AutoExpress.com has revealed new research into the ways in which people pay their motoring fines, or don’t for that matter.
The website has found that more than 30 percent of motorists don’t pay fines such as speeding tickets, within the 28 day deadline; this leads to penalty price increasing by 50 percent. In total motorists are wasting as much as £18 million a year on these inflated fines.
The individual departments behind the fines are allowed to ease the 28 day payment period, however research has shown that this is a rare occurrence. Depending on the region you live in it will take over 50 days before the courts get involved.
However the number of speeding tickets issued are falling, fewer fines were handed out in 2010 compared to 2009. Reasons for the reduced amount of fines issued can be down to the decline in active speed cameras and the rise in speed awareness courses – many speeding offences can now lead to an awareness course, not license points.