Number of motorists caught speeding on motorways rises

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The number of drivers fined for speeding on motorways has soared by 25 per cent in 12 months amid a rise in the number of “stealth cameras” used.

Figures obtained by The Sunday Times under a Freedom of Information request show that at least 112,000 drivers were handed penalty notices or went to court for motorway offences last year. Some 24 out of 45 police forces provided data, and in these areas, 112,654 motorists were handed speeding penalties in 2014, compared with just 54,720 in 2010. The offence is punishable with a minimum £100 fine and three penalty points on a licence or a court summons.

Last week, both the Conservatives and the Labour party insisted that the grey cameras would be painted yellow to make it clear to drivers that enforcement cameras are in use.

£20 fine for idling engines?

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Drivers who leave their engines idling in central London could face a fine of £20 under plans to improve air quality.

Traffic marshals from Westminster City Council will patrol the streets of the borough, approaching motorists who sit in stationary cars with the engine running.

The Fixed Penalty Notice, which will go up to £40 if not paid within 28 days, will be a “last resort” if drivers refuse to turn off their vehicles on request from the traffic marshals. The measure will be introduced on 1st May.

London Mayor Boris Johnson introduced a number of no-idling zones in 2011, with traffic marshals targeting “hot spots” including taxi ranks outside major stations and coaches on Park Lane.

The new policy follows Camden Council’s fines for buses which idle for too long, introduced in 2011, and Islington Council’s fines for idling vehicles introduced in August last year.

Councils spend £275m a year on grey fleet

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UK councils are spending more than a quarter of a billion pounds a year keeping hundreds of thousands of grey fleet drivers on the road.

Local authorities in England foot three-quarters (76.3%) of the annual bill, reimbursing £209 million to more than 267,000 employees who drive their own car in the course of their work.