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Speeding fines could hit £100

Date: 06 February 2012   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

The £60 speeding fine could rise to £100 as a way of raising extra revenue for the Government.

As part of a huge expansion to the Victim Surcharge scheme, justice secretary Kenneth Clarke proposes to raise a further £50 million a year by increasing fines for motorists and for those who commit other, non-motoring offences.

The scheme, which supports victims of crime in the UK, currently levies £15 on fines issued by courts. Drivers who go to court over speeding charges could soon pay up to £120 towards the case, regardless of whether anyone is affected by the offence.

A sliding scale will be introduced, with the contributions to the scheme ranging from £15 to £120 depending on the severity of the offence.

The Government aims to raise around £30 million from fixed penalty charges alone while around half of all revenues from speeding fines will go towards the Victim Surcharge scheme. The rest will be used to fund road-safety schemes and returned to the Treasury.

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