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Speeding fines increased but motorcyclists still at risk

Motorists caught breaking the speed limit are set to face much more severe penalties as speeding fines could increase by 70%, in an attempt to reduce the number of road traffic accidents suffered annually in the UK.

The offenders who go to court as a result of speeding will receive much harsher penalties and these fines will go towards the Victims Surcharge Programme, which helps support individuals who have sustained personal injuries due to another person's negligence.

While some believe that the plans are another easy way for the government to make money, the hope is that roads will become safer as a result of the increased cost of fines.

The announcement comes after reports last year revealed plans to increase the national speed limit to 80mph, due to the belief that cars are equipped to stop much more effectively and absorb greater impact.

However, the plans have not accounted for motorcyclists who will still be at risk. Research recently showed that bikers are 35 times more likely to crash than cars and when they do the severity of the road traffic accident is likely to be greater.



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