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Higher fixed penalties from 16 August 2013

Higher roadside penalties for vans, trucks and buses as graduated fixed penalties and financial deposits increase.

Read the Higher fixed penalties from 16 August 2013 article.

Department for Transport recently announced that fixed penalty levels will increase from 16 August 2013.

The changes are being introduced following a public consultation which took place in 2012 including road safety groups and police services.

As well as affecting motoring offences, these changes also increase graduated fixed penalties and financial deposits for vans, trucks and buses.

Offences against roadworthiness, loading and drivers’ hours rules will result in higher penalties at the roadside.

  • a £30 fine will rise to £50
  • a £60 fine will rise to £100
  • a £120 fine will rise to £200
  • a £200 fine will rise to £300

VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said:

These new penalty levels are intended to ensure penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and are consistent with those in other areas of offending.

I know the majority of operators and drivers work within the law, but those that don’t need to know there are increased financial consequences and they should reconsider if it’s worth the risk.

Increases will also be made to the maximum deposit that we can take at the roadside from offending overseas vehicles. Penalty points will not change.

For more information and to reflect the new fees please see our ‘Guide to Graduated Fixed Penalties and Financial Deposits’.

Published 16 August 2013