By Oliver Hall
Vehicle owners will be hit with an extra £15 surcharge on car fines to fund compensations for victims of violent crime.
Motorists guilty of driving vehicles with insufficient tread on their tyres or parking misdemeanours will pay the extra fine help victims of domestic violence or sex attacks.
The amount will be added to fixed penalty tickets given out by police for breaking parking regulations, contravening a stop sign, speeding and even having dirty windows.
Motorists will be forced by law to pay the charge – even though their offence has no ‘victim’.
Currently only those fined in court for more serious offences are liable to pay the surcharge.
Ministers say they want to extend the payment to all types of fixed penalties as soon as possible.
In a Parliamentary answer slipped out before the Christmas recess, ministers confirmed that they intend to extend the victim surcharge to all fixed penalty notices and, most controversially, ‘road traffic offences’.
The current minimum fine of £60 for speeding or not wearing a seat belt would be increased to £75, while a ‘penalty notice for disorder’ for drunkenness, criminal damage and shoplifting would rise from £80 to £95.
The list of motoring offences for which fixed penalty notices may be given is more than 20 pages long.