The UK motoring public do not back plans to increase the cost of fixed penalty notices for convicted drivers, it has been revealed.

According to research from the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM), government plans to raise these fines from £60 to £90 do not have public support, with half of respondents (51 per cent) to a recent IAM survey not in favour of the plans.

It follows a government forecast that the additional £30 fine would offer addition support totalling £30 million to the victims of road traffic accidents across the UK each year.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "We want to stop people breaking the law. Having an income that relies on dangerous driving won't help reduce crashes. There is a strong case for this money to be spent on road safety."

Meanwhile, road safety organisation Brake recently responded to the publication of a new study that highlighted how individuals who smoke cannabis up to three hours before driving a vehicle double their risk of having a serious accident.

Julie Townsend, Brake's deputy chief executive, said these results add weight to calls for widespread testing and prosecution for anyone found to be drug-driving in the UK.

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Posted by Jack Smith

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