Bad drivers on Isle of Man to face on-the-spot fines

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Bad drivers on the Isle of Man could be issued with on-the-spot fines instead of going to court, if proposals are approved in Tynwald.

It is hoped the move will take pressure off the justice system by removing the bureaucracy for less serious offences.

Officials stressed that the changes would not involve the introduction of any new offences.

Director of Highways Richard Pearson said the proposed system would be cheaper and more efficient to run.

He added: "It wouldn't mean you lose your right to appeal, if you feel you have been hard done by you can still go to court and argue your case but if you accept the fine you therefore accept the sanction, and in some cases, there will also be endorsement points.

"We hope the process will reduce government costs and take the burden from the courts which will mean the system is better able to process the serious offences in a more timely manner."

The issue is due to be debated in Tynwald next week.

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