New legislation set to be implemented from March sees drastic changes to the current penalties and fines faced by drivers caught using their mobile at the wheel.
Whilst motorists currently face the threat of 3 points on their licence as well as a minimum £100 fine, that is all set to change under new legislation due to come into place from 1 March.
Offenders will now be faced with a sizeable 6 points on their licence in addition to a £200 fine. Whilst the option to take part in a driver improvement programme is currently on the cards, this will no longer be an option to offenders from March.
There is also set to be an increase in the number of cases where drivers will have their license revoked after a first offence, especially young drivers, whilst more experienced drivers face the possibility of going to court, a driving ban and a £1000 fine should they offend more than once.
If you’re found guilty of driving dangerously or carelessly whilst using a hand-held phone you face receiving a hefty fine, a driving disqualification and even up to two years imprisonment.
It has been illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving or while stopped with the engine on from December 2003. Despite this, a crackdown is still necessary as the number of offenders is still far too high.
Figures published by the RAC’s Report on Motoring back in September 2016 showed that there has been a significant increase in the number of drivers who admit to using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. The number rose from 8% in 2014 to 31%, making a clear indication as to why the new increased punishment is a necessary move.
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