David Williams, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, is urging ministers to “stop making pointless proposals” about big rises in court fines and "focus their attention on providing better enforcement of existing laws".
Responding to recent “headline-grabbing” remarks by Jeremy Wright, justice minister, David Williams MBE (pictured) said: “You have to catch offenders before you can fine them, and current levels of police enforcement on the UK’s roads are woefully inadequate.
“Besides, any new legislation would require time for debate in Parliament, but there is currently no current timetable for any such discussion.
“GEM believes it is vital that there are more speed controls, more drink and drug drive checks, more seatbelt checks, more mobile phone checks, more vehicle safety checks, as well as an increase in police patrols to identify and deal with unsafe driving acts.
“This will serve as a welcome deterrent and will see higher levels of compliance with road traffic rules.
“The direct result of better compliance will be less use of court time for motoring offences, and – crucially – fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”
GEM Motoring Assist
GEM Motoring Assist is a trading name of The Guild of Experienced Motorists, established in 1932, as an independent driver-based road safety association. GEM’s stated aim is to improve safety for all road users through the sponsorship and initiation of accident prevention measures throughout the UK, and to provide motoring and safety information to its own members.