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The Department for Transport has outlined tougher six-point and £200 penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel
Jimi Beckwith
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2 mins read
19 September 2016

Drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will now be hit with six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

The Government's plans have now moved forward, with laws set to be enforced at the start of 2017

The Department for Transport has been planning a crackdown on the offence for some time now, and previously suggested that a four-point and £150 penalty would deter drivers.

The new penalties are double the previous ones, and the introduction of the tougher legislation comes just days after an RAC survey found a considerable rise in mobile phone use behind the wheel.

Read more about the RAC's findings here

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “we need to take responsibility for our actions and as drink or 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.”

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

In 2014 and 2015, the DfT found that the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel contributed to 43 fatal accidents in 2014 and 2015. The government is also introducing a high-profile Think! campaign to accompany the higher penalties, to raise awareness around the new penalties, and the dangers of committing the offence.

The transport secretary also said that he aims to make using a phone at the wheel “socially unacceptable, like drink driving or not wearing a seatbelt.”

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

The road safety spokesman for the RAC, Pete Williams, said: “The Government’s swift action to the findings in the RAC Report on Motoring shows they understand just how dangerous it can be to use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. However, it is just as important that laws are seen to be enforced, and the decline in the numbers of dedicated road traffic police has only heightened the feeling that those who use a handheld phone while driving simply get away with it."

"We hope we will see an immediate change in driver behaviour and an end to anyone using a handheld mobile phone while driving."

The tougher penalties will come into play in the first half of 2017. 

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NoPasaran 19 September 2016

YES PLEASE

I freaking hate these people, when they change lanes or turn, without showing signal, without looking in the mirrors (I am coming there on a bike) and talking on a phone to boot.
xxxx 19 September 2016

Fear factor

My wife reckons the police should stamp on the phone in question when a person is caught. good idea?
BigZoot 19 September 2016

Fear Factor

That is a good start and would love to see that happen
NoPasaran 19 September 2016

Your wife

xxxx wrote:

My wife reckons the police should stamp on the phone in question when a person is caught. good idea?

...has had a fabulous idea!
I would not only stamp, I would first throw it against the pavement with all my force, then stamp on the remains, then take the sim-card out and cut it in half.

NoPasaran 19 September 2016

Your wife

xxxx wrote:

My wife reckons the police should stamp on the phone in question when a person is caught. good idea?

...has had a fabulous idea!
I would not only stamp, I would first throw it against the pavement with all my force, then stamp on the remains, then take the sim-card out and cut it in half.

BigZoot 19 September 2016

i get...

there are enforcement issues, but all it takes is one person to get caught and that story will be all over the news. "Driver caught using mobile phone while driving now has 6 month ban" etc etc. What we need back is the fear factor. If people are made aware of the consequence they will be less likely to run the risk themselves. This will only work if the punishment is severe enough though.