Law change could make it much more likely for drivers to get speeding fines

Drivers could be fined £100 for going just 1mph over the speed limit as part of a speeding crackdown under new police plans.

Police have launched a review into the "buffer zone" which gives drivers some leeway by having an allowance of 10 per cent of the speed limit plus 2mph to the legal limit.

This way, a driver will only be fined in a 30mph zone once they reach 35mph.

But now national roads policing boss, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, reckons the present system encourages speeding and wants to scrap it, according to reports.

According to the Mail on Sunday , Bangham wrote in a report seen by the publication: “We need to change our messaging and ensure greater consistency of approach when dealing with those who exceed the limit.”

He also wrote that the current guide makes drivers think "it is OK to speed" and contributes to the rising levels of injuries on the roads.

If the buffer zone is abolished, drivers could be punished for going just 1mph over the limit.

Bangham faces opposition from other police leaders who reportedly fear they could not enforce the stricter rules with their current resources, and that they could risk losing public support.

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Under current laws , drivers can take a speed awareness course for a first time offence, while repeat offenders will be given a £100 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence. Those who drive substantially faster than the speed limit face higher fines and even having their licence revoked.

The most recent Home Office figures show that there were 2.1m speeding offences dealt with by fines or in courts in England and Wales in 2016, up from 1.6 million in 2011. This number would be expected to rise significantly if the tougher rules were brought in place.

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