By Max Clarke

Police in the UK are to be given new powers to offer on-the-spot fines of up to £100 for bad drivers. Offences warranting fines include tailgating and undertaking.

Previously bad drivers would have had to be taken to courts, at great expense to the taxpayers. It is hoped the new measure will lead to a reduction in traffic offences.

Offending drivers will be given the chance to appeal and will be offered driving lessons.

The new laws were introduced today by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and are expected to come into force next year.