The fixed penalty for driving without insurance is also expected to increase from £100 to £200.
“An increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences including mobile phone use,” AA president Edmund King said.
‘Top three pet hates’
“We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle-lane hogs.”
However, with the number of traffic police falling from 6,902 in 2003 to 4,608 in March last year, according to Home Office figures, some groups have warned that it may do little to impact on road safety.
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) director of policy Neil Greig said: “This could free up traffic police time and allow them to maintain a higher profile. But without traffic cops out on the road to enforce this new approach it will have little impact on road safety.”
Drivers will still be able to challenge any fine and points given to them through the courts.