Automatic Fines For Motorists On Smart Motorways

Automatic Fines For Motorists On Smart Motorways

There are now hundreds of miles of road that have been converted to smart motorways meaning that the hard shoulder can be used as an additional lane in order to ease peak traffic congestion. The red X above the lane indicates that the lane is not open, and it is potentially hazardous to use due to an accident or break down waiting to be cleared.

Smart Motorway Fines

Motorists will face automatic fines of £100 for driving on closed lanes on smart motorways

New laws are coming into force that will see motorists facing an automatic fine of £100 and 3 points on their licence if they ignore lane closures on the smart motorway network in England. The Home Office legislation is being brought into force from June 10th with these new powers aimed at tackling the risk posed by thousands of motorists who are currently, intentionally or not, ignoring the rules. The cameras will be in place and the system operational by late summer.

Making it safer?

The legislation has been welcomed by AA president Edmund King and the head of the RAC roads policy Nicholas Lyes. Both have commented that the use of cameras to capture the information needed to issue the penalties is a welcome step towards improving safety across the motorway network.

There are now hundreds of miles of road that have been converted to smart motorways meaning that the hard shoulder can be used as an additional lane in order to ease peak traffic congestion. The red X above the lane indicates that the lane is not open, and it is potentially hazardous to use due to an accident or break down waiting to be cleared.

Warning Letters

There have already been 180,000 warning letters issued by Highways England warning drivers about the very real risks involved with ignoring the lane closures. Motorists can currently be fined for driving in a closed lane but only if they are caught at the time of the offence by a police officer. Under these new powers, police will be able to fine drivers caught on camera in closed lanes.

The new legislation is a welcome step towards making the roads as safe as possible for all road users, but it also brings additional work for the police forces issuing the fines. If the fines are not paid the it can become a time-consuming task to recover the money owed.

Experience in handling high volume fines

At Daniels Silverman we have a wealth of experience in collecting fines for a number of different clients, freeing up their time to concentrate on the real focus of their jobs. Collecting fines is a skilled job and takes a level of experience and understanding that Daniels Silverman possesses. We believe in balancing a firm approach with sensitivity, and this means ensuring the wellbeing of the individual as well as safeguarding the reputation of our clients. Maintaining communication and gaining an understanding of your customers ensures we obtain the right information to make right decision.

At Daniels Silverman we are proud of our reputation as an open, honest and ethical collection agency. We continue to work tirelessly on dispelling the old image and myths that used to surround the industry and instead show how our effective communication with both client and debtor can bring excellent results for all involved. If you would like to have a chat about how our services could help you recover fines, or any other debts you are owed, please give one of our friendly team a call or Web Chat to see how we can help.

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