Huge Increase In Driving Fines

Sun 20th Mar 2022

British motorists are paying millions in driving fines with the average cost per fine increasing by £58 from £238 to £341 according to data published from a Freedom of Information request.

The analysis came following an FOI to more than 40 local police forces in the period of 2015 to 2020 and found that the increase in fines sees us paying £25m more in the most recent period, to that in 2015.

The worrying trend for fine inflation comes at a time when the British motorist is already being squeezed financially, with more expensive cars, costlier fuel, higher taxes and much more. The data found that dangerous driving brings the highest average punishment, at a cost of £690, up from £373 in 2015. Vehicle insurance offences are anotther which have seen a large rise, jumping by £124 in the five year period, uo £426. While it is to be expected that motoring fines would increase across the board, there are some that have become less expensive.

“The vast majority of driving offences have seen their average fine amounts increase over the years, but there are three that have decreased. Fraud and forgery of vehicle or driver records decreased the most, falling by £32 since 2015,” said the report from Wessex Fleet.

“Work record and employment offences also fell by £28 on average, decreasing from £299 in 2015 to £267 in 2020, while causing danger by interfering with a vehicle, road or traffic equipment dropped by £22 on average. It remains to be seen whether these trends will continue over the next few years, as the average fines for the majority of other driving offences tend to increase.”

As well as looking at the increasing cost of motoring fines, the research also looked at which areas of the country were paying the highest amounts, with drivers in Warwickshire paying £467, the highest of any region, and almost £100 more than neighbouring Leicestershire. Motorists in Norfolk pay the least in driving fines, averaging at just £271 a fine.