New government proposals will mean that first time dialling and driving offenders will automatically receive points on their licence.
Some police areas have been dealing with the ever increasing problem of distracted driving through mobile phone use by offering drivers a remedial driving course.
However, government minsters have declared that it is not tough enough to discourage drivers from picking up their phones behind the wheel.
Minsters have also confirmed plans to raise the penalty for using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The new penalties, which are planned to be introduced in 2017, will be 6 points and a £200 fine.
The current penalties are 3 points and a £100 fine.
Minsters are also planning to scrap the remedial driving course for mobile phone offences.
This news comes hot on the heels of reports that lorry driver, Tomasz Kroker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing the deaths of 4 people whilst he was using his smartphone behind the wheel.
Ministers have also announced that they will be launching and investigation into dangerous driving offences by the end of the year.
During her visit to India, the Prime Minster Theresa May commented that she wanted to make using a mobile phone whilst driving as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
She said that the government was going to work with the public to raise awareness to the dangers of dialling and driving.
Mrs May further added that the punishments for those drivers who kill or maim people through using their mobile phones would find that the punishment would fit the crime.
She said: “Sadly, we have seen too many times the devastating and heart-breaking consequences of using a mobile phone while driving.
“A moment’s distraction can wreck the lives of others forever.
“We are determined to make our roads safer by taking action against those who flout the law and put other people at risk.”
Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “By ruling out courses and doubling the fine, ministers are reflecting public concern and showing they want to stamp out a potentially lethal activity before it becomes entrenched behaviour for a growing number of drivers.”
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