Currently reading: Zero-tolerance law for drivers using mobile phones enforced today
First-time offenders could be banned from driving with revised penalties that award six points
Sam Sheehan
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2 mins read
1 March 2017

Drivers caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel could lose their licence under new rules that come into force today.

The Government’s zero-tolerance regulations drop the option for offenders to go on a remedial driving course, while the lowest penalty will be six points on their licence – double the current punishment.

The plans also double fines from £100 to £200.

Here's why you shouldn't use your mobile phone behind the wheel

While the number of drivers in the UK caught on their phones has decreased by 84% since 2011, Prime Minister Theresa May said when the laws were proposed last year that she wants the act to become socially unacceptable.

The Government’s plans were revealed revealed late last year, three months after a family of four was tragically killed in a road accident on the A34 after a lorry driver crashed into their car while looking at his mobile phone.

Many of the UK’s leading voices in road safety have since expressed concern for the continued use of phones behind the wheel. Ian Gallagher, the Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s head of driver and vehicle licensing policy, saying “Vocational drivers risk their livelihood as many of our members already have in place a zero-tolerance for employees in breach of these rules.

“These proposed changes should go some way towards making all drivers think about the consequences of their actions.”

The Government formerly planned four-point penalties, read more here

Emma Banks, head of corporate communications at UK insurance company Sheilas’ Wheels, said: “Despite the repeated warnings and campaigns on the matter, it seems that motorists continue to take the 'it’ll never happen to me' approach by using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

“These individuals are not only endangering their own lives, but also those of any passengers, fellow motorists and pedestrians.”

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Im_telling_you 3 March 2017

Smoking

Somewhat disagree on the actions as nobody raises voice on the other main issue that is smoking in the car, meanwhile driving. Strongly believe it is just as much dangerous than any other activity during the drive. Why is there no one out there among the law makers for this matter?
angelcyn 1 March 2017

Will make little difference

As many have said without the police numbers and will to stop this phone use, all types have been proved bad, will continue. "Considering more and more people use the phone as Sat Nav systems such as the Renault allow you to plug your phone into the dashboard". How this has been allowed to be included in modern vehicles under the title "infotainment" is a total mystery easily as bad as a phone probably worse as people fiddle with their below dash level touch screens to use social media and phones, madness, yet all manufacturers despite expounding how safe their vehicles are then take away any pluses with this nonsense and when are the government and dept of transport going to insist it stops.
tomy90 1 March 2017

How will they Enforce it?

I agree using the phone whilst driving is bad & dangerous, I was once almost ran over by a van driving doing just that (had to jump into a ditch) However I do not see how they will enforce it, also I disagree with them on it being illegal to do so when stationary. Considering more and more people use the phone as Sat Nav systems such as the Renault allow you to plug your phone into the dashboard.

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