Your views: government drives up cost of driving

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THIS week, a clamp down on irresponsible motorists was put in place across the country.

Careless drivers now face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points for driving aggressively or inappropriately in the middle lane of a motorway.

Similar punishments will be handed out to those who are spotted tailgating and performing stunts like handbrake turns.

Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: ‘We are pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police.

“An increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences.”

But how do southsiders feel about the change?

Gus Ferguson (60), from Shawlands, told The Extra: “It is a good thing. Driving in the middle lane and tailgaiting are extremely dangerous practices.

“I hope it works and encourages drivers to be safer.”

For Frances McCoo (43), from Darnley, “the roads can be quite intimidating.

“Police need to have the power to punish those who are not considerate drivers.”

Shawlands man Peter McGloane (56), said: “Idiot drivers can make motorway driving a nightmare. At the moment it is a complete free for all.

“I hope this will make drivers aware that they can’t just get away with anything.”

And 22-year-old southsider Scarlett Hill added: “There are already enough fines for drivers. This puts too much power in the hands of the police.”