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Fixed penalties face new shake-up.

A MAJOR review of on- the spot fines has begun to give more consistency to the system, Home Secretary David Blunkett said last night.

The review will cut across a large number of Government departments which have the power to impose the fines, including the Home Office, the Departments for Education and Skills, the Department of Transport plus local authorities.

``I have already set in train with the new police minister, HazelBlears,a review of fixed penalty notices,'' said Mr Blunkett.

``We're all over the place -let me rephrase that, there is a disparity in the way that different fixed penalty notices have been brought in.

``I haveaskedfor a review so we can have a proper scale linking it to the nature of the offence and dangerousness of the offence.

``There will be much greater clarify and consistency and I hope to do that very quickly indeed.''

The Department of Transport this week announced plans for a brand new on- the spot fine of pounds 30 for driving while using a hand-held mobile phone.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2003
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