More than 10,000 Herts residents want higher fines for law breaking drivers

PUBLISHED: 11:16 12 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 October 2020

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Gene Weatherley

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Gene Weatherley

Hertfordshire residents ask for higher fines for drivers breaking the law – to pay for road safety improvements.

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Gene WeatherleyHertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Gene Weatherley

More than 10,000 people in the county responded to the survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), which attracted 66,000 replies nationally.

Locally over two-thirds (70 per cent) reported seeing traffic offences, such as speeding or using a mobile phone, on a daily or weekly basis, with the same number wanting fixed penalty notices for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt doubled to £200.

Nine out of ten respondents wanted money raised through fixed penalty notices to be reinvested into enforcement and road safety measures to deny criminals the use of the roads.

Presently money from speed camera fines goes to central government for general expenditure rather than directly to police.

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Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete this survey.

“Road safety is a major concern to everyone in both urban and rural areas. This was an opportunity to ensure people worked with my office, and other commissioners across the country, to ensure the Department of Transport heard their views.

“It is clear that people want tougher action taken against speeders, mobile phone users and those who don’t wear seat belts. They also want more money re-invested from fines to make further improvements to road safety.”

The survey, the largest ever conducted by the APCC, will be used to influence a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on roads policing which closed this week.

The results come as new DfT figures show that 1,752 people were killed in Great Britain last year in road crashes, and of these 287 were children or young people. Although a two per cent drop on the previous year the number of fatalities has remained broadly similar year on year since 2010, which followed a period of substantial reductions in casualties.

Motorists already pay Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), which is linked to greenhouse gas emissions (electric cars do not pay this tax), and is also put into a general pot of taxation.

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