New motoring plans could see millions of UK drivers hit with larger fines

The latest motoring rule could see drivers hit with bigger fines and penalties under new law demands.

If successful, the new proposals outlined by MPs might mean heavier vehicles would be handed bigger fines.

It could impact owners of 4x4s and SUVs as pro-cycling MPs called for tougher penalties to be introduced.

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The law could also see owners of popular models like Land Rovers or Nissan Qashqai most at risk.

This request is found in a new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking.

It will say: "Passenger cars vary greatly in weight so the aggravating factors should, we argue, take this into account."

Courts were already issued new guidance to recognise the extra responsibility for those behind heavy transport.

The new legislation was issued as early as July but MPs suggest the new rulings could go a lot further.

According to CAR Magazine, there is around 4million SUVs registered in the UK.

The policy is likely to be unpopular among motorists with activists already questioning the proposals.

Claire Armstong, spokesperson for campaign group Safe Speed, said it was unlikely to make much difference.

She told The Telegraph: "Driving a 4×4 does not make you a more dangerous motorist and driving a smaller car doesn't mean you are safer.

"It makes no sense to suggest that killing someone while driving an SUV is worse than killing someone while riding a motorbike."

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The group's new plan comes more than a year after the Highway Code introduced a "hierarchy of road users".

Now it states those road users most at risk in the event of a collision are at the top of the pile.

Those with larger vehicles which can do more challenge have the largest responsibility to act safely on the road.

It reads: "Everyone suffers when road collisions occur, whether they are physically injured or not.

"But those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.

"This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, vans/minibuses, cars/taxis and motorcycles."

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