Motorists are being advised to avoid starting the new year with an unwanted speeding fine after figures obtained by green mobility provider SOGO revealed speeding offences spike during the winter.
The company urges drivers to take extra care on the roads, particularly during January, traditionally the biggest month for speeding fines in London.
Following a freedom of information request submitted to the City of London Police and West Yorkshire Police by SOGO, an analysis of the figures reveals that speeding fines issued across London increased by 11% between December 2022 and January 2023. The county of West Yorkshire saw an 8% increase in the same period.
In the City of London for the past two years, January was the month that saw the highest number of fines issued, with 1,169 and 1,140 fines offences in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
In West Yorkshire, by the middle of 2023, the number of speeding offences committed and fines issued had more than doubled, increasing from 12,476 in January to 30,767 in June, a jump of 146%. The number of speeding fines issued in June 2022 stood at 18,528, 66% less than the highest figure recorded in the same month in 2023. Speeding in the summer months is a problem across the UK when the number of fines issued spikes with the sunny days and lighter nights.
As a safer driving campaigner, SOGO calls for drivers to take more care in the cold winter months, where road conditions can be treacherous.
SOGO advise: “Avoid starting the new year with a speeding fine by sticking to the speed limit. Try to leave more time for journeys when road conditions are poor. The bad weather can often lead to delays when driving, and it is the worst time to exceed the speed limit and drive recklessly. Motorists are not just risking a fine but their safety and the safety of other road users too.”
Reflecting significant shifts in vehicle use and ownership, SOGO provides leases from as little as four weeks, which means drivers can hit the road in a new vehicle every month if they wish.
The company believes that short-term leasing will be essential to the mass adoption of electric vehicles before 2035, when all new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will be banned.
SOGO uses the latest technology to give a digital-led service that allows customers to order a vehicle in a matter of minutes.
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