Penalties for drivers on mobiles increased
Are you a new driver? If so, you better not get caught using your mobile whilst at the wheel or you can say goodbye to that nice new licence.
From Wednesday anyone found calling, texting or using an app while driving will face a £200 on-the-spot fine and six points on their licence.
This means that new drivers – who can lose a maximum of six points before being banned for the first two years after passing their test– will face an immediate ban for sending a single text message.
More experienced motorists can lose their licence if they receive 12 points in a three-year period.
Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents on Britain’s roads in 2015 where a motorist using a mobile was a contributory factor. Research by the RAC has found that one in four motorists admits checking texts, emails and social media while driving.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said increasing fixed penalties would act as a “strong deterrent”.