It seems as though all charges against the motorist are being increased these days!
The Victim Surcharge is an additional charge made upon the conviction of a defendant at court. It is imposed in addition to a fine if the offence is punishable by a fine. The money collected through the victim surcharge is paid into a fund aimed at helping improve services for victims of crime, and when it was introduced, it was decided to be fixed at a flat rate regardless of the size of the fine
First introduced in 2007 as part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 it was brought in as a fixed rate of £15.00 back then but now the revisions to victim surcharge, effective 1 October 2012 have been published.
As of 1 October 2012 the following provisions will apply (SI 2012/1693):