UK drivers are paying £25m more in fines than five years ago when the most pinged areas were revealed

MOTORISTS is paying millions of dollars in fines every year – but do you live in one of the UK’s worst areas for driving?

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that Britons are paying more driving fines than ever before.

Motorists are paying more than ever in fines for driving violations


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Wessex Fleet found out which areas of the UK are paying for largest average fine.

It asked 42 local police forces across the UK and used government statistics to figure out how much money has been collected from driving fines.

It found that around 435,845 people were fined for offending driving in 2020.

And they are bombarded more than ever for their driving tampering.

In total, Britons have paid £25.2m MORE in fines in 2020 than in 2015.

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And the average fine has increased by £58 to £341 per offence.

These numbers may even get worse, after Council is given more power to hit car drivers with fines for misdemeanors.

Nearly 300 councils in the UK, which are already responsible for enforcing parking offenses, can now apply for the power to issue fines to motorists.

An improvement Highway codeintroduced in January, also changed some road rules, causing confusion for some motorists.

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And more fines and fines aren’t the only costs drivers are grappling with.

Gasoline prices have hit new highs this week, with the cost of fueling a typical family car now £90.

Which area pays the most fines?

The Wessex Fleet FOI claim shows that drivers in Warwickshire are paying the most for driving fines, paying an average of £467.

The region is followed by Northamptonshire and the West Midlands, where average fines are £428 and £413 respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, Norfolk motorists are paying as little as £271 in fines.

Dyfed-Powys motorists pay an average of £276.

The reason the amount is different is because you get a fine depending on your offense.

For example, typical fines for dangerous driving in the UK is £690 in 2020, according to Wessex Fleet.

The second largest average fine is for failing to provide the driver’s identity when requested.

With a typical fine of £676, around 72,862 motorists were charged with this offense in 2020.

Other fines included in the study included having faulty vehicle parts, failure to stop or provide information after an accident, and vehicle insurance violations.

Here are the regions with the largest average driving fines:

  • Warwickshire – £467
  • Northamptonshire – £428
  • West Midlands – £413
  • Wiltshire – £391
  • Northumbria – £386
  • Staffordshire – £380
  • Derbyshire – £370
  • Lincolnshire – £369
  • Avon and Somerset – £368
  • Leicestershire – £367

And these are the areas with the lowest average driving fines

  • Norfolk – £271
  • Dyfed-Powys – £276
  • South Wales – £280
  • Sussex – £292
  • Suffolk – £297
  • Nottinghamshire – £308
  • North Wales – £310
  • Essex – £311
  • Cheshire – £322
  • West Mercia – £324

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