According to an extremely fair and well-balanced article in the Andover Advertiser recently, three drivers were tried in Andover County Magistrates’ Court for crossing a double white line. Each admitted he was at fault. All information concerning the cases was heard in open court, so no extraneous factors were involved. Yet the fines imposed varied as follows :—
Driver No.1, with a 37-year clean driving record: £15.
Driver No. 2, with a previous minor motoring offence: £10
Driver No. 3, who overtook a police car on the double white line: £5.
As the Andover Advertiser so rightly asks, is this justice? Motorists are getting decidedly tired of these unpredictable fines.