TRADESPEOPLE who regularly drive vans for work have been warned about the costly fines they could incur by rushing recklessly to and from jobs.
Penalties for van drivers can range from £2,500, for a maximum speeding fine, to £20 for an on-the-spot ticket for leaving an engine running.
Here are the costs of some of the most common motoring offences:
New laws enforced last year have increased fines for serious speeding offences. Fines are now split into three bands, A, B and C, where the most serious offences (Band C) carry a maximum fine of £2,500.
Drivers could get a £200 fine and six licence penalty points if caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The maximum fine for this offence is £1000, if the driver is taken to court. Drivers should be aware that they can still be prosecuted for using a mobile phone while stationary at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
Failing to stop at traffic lights
Gambling on an amber light could land a driver with a £100 fine and three penalty points. If a motorist fails to stop at a red light, they may be offered to participate on a £90 driver awareness course as an alternative.
Driving in an inconsiderate fashion could get drivers an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three points on their licence.
Smoking inside a vehicle
Smoking whilst inside a vehicle could lead to an on-the-spot fine of £50. If anyone under the age of 18 is in the van while a driver or passenger smokes, it is illegal.
Switching off the engine
A lesser known law but one be aware of! When a driver is sitting in their van – either eating lunch or waiting for another worker – they must turn their engine off. If not, they could face an on-the-spot fine of £20.
Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk which conducted the research said: “Recent changes have been made to increase fines for offences such as speeding, which could result in hefty costs for many of Britain’s most frequent road-users if they aren’t careful.
“Fines always seem to come at the wrong time of the year, when money is tight and the last thing you need to do is fork out tens, if not hundreds of pounds, on avoidable fines.”