Almost 90 per cent of motorists support plans to fine fellow drivers for tailgating on the motorway according to a new poll by Motorpoint.

The online survey on the Motorpoint website – www.motorpoint.co.uk – revealed that 87 per cent of drivers back proposals that would see other drivers fined £100 if found to be tailgating on the motorway. Some 1,665 people took part in the study by Motorpoint, the UK’s largest independent car retailer, with a network of branches across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Government has recently been trialling new technology on parts of the M1 in Northamptonshire that detects whether drivers are maintaining a minimum of a two-second gap between the vehicle in front. During the trail late last year some 26,000 people were caught out. Tailgating has been listed as the cause in almost 600 serious accidents last year, 28 of which resulted in someone being killed.

Mark Carpenter, CEO of Motorpoint, said: “Tailgating has become commonplace in recent years and we are pleased to see the Government finally taking action to address something that can quite literally cost people their lives. The issue of tailgating extends far beyond just motorways, and this step won’t solve the problem overnight, but at least it is a move in the right direction.” 

Motorpoint currently has over 6,000 low mileage, nearly new cars and light commercial vehicles available from over 30 different manufacturers. Every vehicle comes with the balance of manufacturer’s warranty backed by the Motorpoint Price Promise. This means Motorpoint will refund the difference to any customer within seven days of their order if they find the same car cheaper from a competitor. As a bonus, it will also give the customer £50 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend.

Plus, as part of the company’s on-going COVID-19 safeguarding processes, all vehicle collections in England, Scotland and Wales will be completed in specially designated areas to always guarantee social distancing while an online portal means the car buying experience is completely paperless with customers able to sign for their new car using their mobile phone. Test drives in England and Wales will continue to be unaccompanied for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, every purchase, whether it is instore or online, is backed by a 14-day money back guarantee.