April 30th, 2009

Squeezing it dry

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

The motorist has a long & fine tradition with governments of providing a source of funds for things which have nothing to do with using your car on the road. Road tax, petrol duty, speeding tickets etc.

The latest idea to raise even more cash from the motorist for non-related fund-boosting is to stick a surcharge on to fixed penalty tickets.

Currently, courts are able to add a “victim surcharge” of £15 over & above any fine. The cash is designed to go directly to victims of hate & sexual crimes, organisations supporting families in murder cases & services helping domestic violence courts.

The surcharge is currently only handed out by the courts but Justice Minister Jack Straw wants to add it on to fixed penalty tickets. A speeding ticket, for instance, would rise from £60 to £75.

The victim surcharge started in April 2007. In the 9 months from April 2008 it raised some £6.6million. If added to fixed penalty tickets it would raise many millions more, £45million from speeding tickets alone. A mere drop in the ocean when compared to the many billions the government have lost in the banking fiasco, but hey, those bath plug expense claims have got to be funded from somewhere.

I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for people caught speeding, after all, you do the crime you do your time, but I do get increasingly annoyed at the goverment’s insistence that the motorist has to fund everyone else.

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  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Is it a back-handed way of saying that speeding motorists are as bad as rapists and racist thugs? How about the government pays the charge for every hate and sex crime themselves, save it up in their piggy bank and then splurge it all on, say, a prison. For rapists and racist thugs.

    April 30th, 2009 at 17:01

  2. Mosh says:

    Here’s a great idea. Rather than having to generate more revenue to support the victims of horrific crimes… why don’t the government actually try reducing the number of people *committing* those crimes. You know, like by actually locking them up. And keeping them there. And not letting them out after less than 33% of their sentence, should they even end up behind bars anyway.

    I know. Wild and crazy idea. It’ll never catch on.

    April 30th, 2009 at 17:42

  3. constableconfused.com says:

    Is Regina a victim then? Only of her own Government,


    April 30th, 2009 at 17:46

  4. Tony F says:

    A thought leaps to mind here. Admittedly, if I am caught committing a motoring offence, I would expect to be fined/etc possibly a lot of money, + a ban. So why is it that ‘travellers’ in their non MOT’d, non insured, bald tyred death traps seem to be left to get on with it?

    April 30th, 2009 at 18:01

  5. MarkUK says:

    And just to make the system pay a bit more, let’s reduce the speed limits. Many councils, ours included, would use this power to limit virtually all roads, dangerous or not. Drivers going at a sensible speed would be penalised AND have to pay an extra £15.

    April 30th, 2009 at 20:25

  6. Blueknight says:

    May be they could use some of the money to repair the pot holes in the roads…

    April 30th, 2009 at 23:26

  7. pchawkeye says:

    Tony F
    I once dealt with a traveller, I bit the bullit and locked him up for motoring offences as you state. Kept in custard overnight, (too late for court), appeared the follwing afternoon, convicted, fined £800 squidlies…….and remanded in police custody until the money was deposited with the court !! Restored my faith in Mags I’ll say.

    May 1st, 2009 at 20:59

  8. Tony F says:

    pchawkeye, that makes a refreshing change! I know it’s not the fault of the Police, or really the Magistrates, but more the fault of the ‘human rights’ act.

    May 2nd, 2009 at 19:24

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