New proposals by the UK Government mean that being caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will mean 6 points and a £200 fine.
These new proposals double the current penalty of 3 points and a £100 fine.
These new laws are welcomed by many motorists and road safety charities as “distracted driving” continues to be a real danger on our roads.
It will have a heavy impact and be a constant reminder for those who amass points on their driving licences.
When a motorist reaches a total of 12 active points on their driving licence they are liable to be disqualified from driving. The new proposals will see that disqualification as a minimum of 6 months.
Newly qualified drivers will also need to take care as if they accrue 6 points on their licences within the first 2 years of driving they are likely to have it revoked.
This would mean they would have to retake both the theory and practical portions of their driving test.
Announcing the new proposals, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We need to take responsibility for our actions and as drink and drug driving has become socially unacceptable, so must using mobile phones at the wheel.
“It may seem harmless when you are replying to a text, answering a call or using an app, but the truth is your actions could kill and cause untold misery to others.”
The proposals come just a few days after the RAC released a report stating that mobile phone usage behind the wheel was reaching “epidemic” proportions.
Figures showed that some 11 million motorists admitted to using their mobile phones when behind the wheel, with 7% stating that they did so because they believed they could get away with it.
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