Plan to increase penalty points for using your phone while driving

If you are caught using a mobile phone while driving you will receive tougher penalties, this is to clampdown on the offence and make it as unacceptable as drink driving or not wearing a seatbelt. The new legislation is part of the government’s Road Safety Plan designed to make the roads safer for all road users.

At the moment if your caught using a phone while at the wheel you will receive a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence, but if government plans are approved this will jump to a fine of £150 and four penalty points. If you commit the offence for the first time your will likely be offered an educational course to help them change your driving behaviour, however repeat offenders will be hit harder.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, said: “Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives – I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt, The message is clear keep your hands on the wheel, not your phone. If you keep taking calls while at the wheel, you could end up being banned from the road.”

AA members found that using a mobile phone while driving ranked alongside tailgating as the most infuriating and dangerous things drivers do on the road. It looks like it could be well on the way to becoming socially unacceptable.