Maximum fines imposed by magistrates for motoring offences including speeding and driving without insurance are set to rise dramatically, according to an article on the BBC News website.
The BBC News report says that fines for a top offence level, which includes motorway speeding, could increase from £2,500 to £10,000.
The proposed changes would see the Level 1 maximum fine increase from £200 to £800. Offences which may be dealt with by a Level 1 fine include unauthorised cycle racing on public ways.
The maximum Level 2 fine will increase from £500 to £2,000, for offences including driving a motorcycle without a helmet. Level 3 will increase from £1,000 to £4,000, and Level 4 – which includes speeding on the motorway – will increase from £2,500 to £10,000.
Jeremy Wright, justice minister, told BBC News: "Magistrates are the cornerstone of our justice system and these changes will provide them with greater powers to deal with the day-to-day offences that impact their local communities."
The BBC report says that “any new legislation would first have to be debated in Parliament but there is no current timetable for any such discussion”.