THE Transport Minister’s idea to triple motoring fines will, I’m sure, be applauded by most conscientious and law-abiding drivers (The Yorkshire Post, June 10).
However, rather than just heavily fining the drink drivers, dangerous drivers and the mobile phone idiots, how about inflicting the maximum pain on those drivers who fail to insure their cars or tax them?
Uninsured drivers cost the motorist millions in insurance costs and personal loss of their no-claims bonuses, often through no fault of their own. The vast majority of non-insured drivers know that if they are caught by the police it will be a slap on the wrist and a paltry fine which in reality amounts to far less than the actual cost of insurance, therefore there is no incentive whatsoever. In fact to them it makes viable sense.
A severe fine of at least £5,000 minimum should be enforced if caught without insurance and that I’m sure would be enough to deter them, plus it would also prove that this Government is actually prepared to tackle this issue instead of turning a blind eye. For far too long, the law-abiding motorist has had to pay through the nose while those who flout the law get away with it.