As of today, using your 'phone at the wheel gets you £60 and three points
27 February 2007

After an amendment to UK traffic law that comes into force today, if you use your mobile phone at the wheel, you're risking points on your license, a tougher fixed penalty and, if you challenge the allegation in court and lose, a tougher fine too.A law imposing a £30 on-the-spot fine for those caught using their mobile phone whilst driving came into force more than a year ago, but as of today, that law has become much more costly to ignore. The fixed penalty has risen to £60, and now comes with three penalty points on your licence; at the same time, the maximum fine imposable on you in court has risen by £2500.Talking on your mobile while driving is still permissible if you use an in-car handsfree kit, whether it's fitted to the car by its manufacturer or by you. The golden rule is simple; if you have to touch the phone in order to field the call, it's illegal.

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