An excerpt from http://www.thetimes.co.uk today:-
“Thousands more motorists will lose their licences under plans to give police the power to issue penalty points for careless driving without evidence being heard in court.
Police will be much less likely to give verbal warnings and will instead issue fixed-penalty notices for minor offences such as failing to signal, passing too close to a cyclist or not displaying lights at night. Drivers will pay an automatic £60 fine and have three penalty points added to their licences.
More than a million motorists have six or more points on their licences. Anyone who receives 12 points within three years is banned for six months. In 2006, 26,400 drivers were banned for “totting up” 12 points.”
In principle I think it is a good idea and I like the idea of awareness being raised that cyclists need more space but £60 and 3 points doesn’t seem much if a motorist goes into a cyclist at 60mph. What happens if he causes an injury? I also like to know how it will work if there are no police at the time which is often the case. I’d like to know how other countries deal with this if they have a similar policy.