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An environmental/safety tax upon speeding, in tandem with criminal fines for highest speeds

Comment 21st July 2010

To raise much tax towards road costs and funding A & E services. 

Drivers would soon get used to what would happen at various speeds but there might be a period of introduction.

The speed limits would be lowered on motorways and dual carriageways down to, say 67 mph. Other limits would also be put down slightly.

There would be more and cleverer speed cameras everywhere; so many that people need not do the dangerous sudden slowing down as they do now.  Also several more in-town reminder-of-limit signs. Mobile cameras operated by "civilians"  working for police (not "community" would be involved in research connected with the new rules.

Anybody who is worried about dangerous speeding in their area would be allowed to prove this to the police (who constantly disbelieve us nowadays) by being provided with discrete smaller camera which the community would be permitted to site upon telegraph poles or private dwellings.

If vehicles are speeding at a designate number of points above the speed limit an instant environmental/safety tax is charged automatically to the vehicles (which all have trackers or other tagging method). 

The fines would be much higher for heavier vehicles and for lorries from overseas.

At a certain number of units above each particular speed limit this would no longer be a "tax", but would be a "fine" or "criminal charge".  Some of the money obtained from fines would be put into the enviromental/safety tax fund.

For example, if the in-town or residential limit were lowered  to, say, 28mph. speeding up to 34 mph would be a "tax", which would be paid in a similar way to a bill.  Between 35 to 41 mph this would be an increased level of fine, and anything above would be a criminal  fine or charge as nowadays. The safe levels for which type of tax would be decided by road safety experts.

Special limits should be introduced for narrow rural roads, at similar levels to the 28 residential ones. Drivers ignore the potential for cyclists and walkers being just around the next bend.  Such scenic routes should never become rat-runs, or cut throughs; people must learn to slow down and be part of rural life.

In towns, the 40 mph limit would be changed to 38:-  speeders taxed at certain level 38 to 43, taxed higher at 43- 50;  fined when going faster.

New 67 limit (or lower) on faster roads would bring considerable savings in fuel.  Special lane rules for lorries and other heavy or possibly slower vehicles would be enforced separately from private cars.

Car speeders at 67 – 74 pay tax, at 74 – 78 a slightly higher tax, and speeders at over 78 would be charged. (Quick overtaking for safety of one or two vehicles could be used to plea to get some taxes reduced after the event but might be inconvenient).  Any person doing 90 or over would be severely dealt with (why are people permitted to get away with such speeds nowadays?).

Recently a young lad was killed while walking on a motorway at night (his body having been smashed into by numerous vehicles).  People who speed at night will not be permitted the excuse that "there was nobody else on the road".  There are also numerous instances of accidents through deer and other large unexpected obstacles being on roads.

 

 

Why does this matter?

Road deaths and injuries are insufficiently reported in our daily press and news. This is a modern scandal which nobody is doing anything about. Speeding is getting worse.  We now have superb modern devices and cameras which could be used to prevent selfish speeding and increase road safety and improve everyday life around roads for residents.

Such a method as described above would raise much tax towards costs of cameras, signs, and A & E hospital saving of the injured on the streets.

It should not all be policed by the police – they are not on top of speeding.  It should become a cultural matter and this is why we drivers could all be better trained  by realising that the lower levels of speeding wil instantly initiate a bill or tax.

Please consider this carefully and make similar suggestions if you are a road safety expert.

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