Drivers caught speeding at up to 86mph will be able to avoid penalty points under a new scheme to be adopted by most police forces (Telegraph).
Under the new guidelines ministers will raise the limit at which drivers can escape prosecution, provided they pay to attend a speed awareness course. Drivers can already pay to attend courses in order to escape points or fines for speeding, but now the upper limit at which the option is available is being raised.
37 of England’s 44 police forces (09.04.11) have so far agreed to put the new framework in place, and it is already under way in Oxfordshire.
The courses have so far been limited to drivers caught travelling up to 10% plus 5mph above the speed limit, but this is being raised to 10% plus 9mph. For a 30mph zone the upper limit for a speeding course would be 42mph.
The courses can only be taken by the same driver once every three years, to prevent repeat offenders from abusing the system. According to the Telegraph report, officials said the guidelines were not fixed and that police chiefs were free to set their own levels.
Robert Gifford, executive director of PACTS, told the Daily Mail: "Increasing the latitude for motorists to do speed awareness courses means more will fall into the net. But the Government supports using the cash from the courses to fund the cameras."
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