The Government is planning to replace the current system of penalty points for drivers caught speeding.

Drivers who break the limit by up to 5mph will receive just two points, instead of the current three. More serious offences may attract six points, however.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said: “It is important that we differentiate between somebody who goes perhaps one or two miles an hour over the limit and somebody who is doing maybe 30 or 40 miles an hour over the limit.”

He went on to say: “We must reduce speeding but the public must be confident the punishment fits the crime.”

While figures wheeled out by the Government and some safety groups suggest that speed cameras have helped reduce deaths and injuries on our roads, other groups say this isn’t the case. Fatalities in many areas with large numbers of speed cameras have actually increased, while areas with no speed cameras have seen a reduction.