Government plans brand-new crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
Source : Government plans brand-new crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
Using a mobile phone at the wheel could lead to a £150 fine as well as four penalty points under proposed tougher legislation
Drivers who are caught using their mobile phones at the wheel could face fines of up to £150 as well as four penalty points if brand-new government plans are approved.
Proposals to bring in bigger punishments are part of the government’s Road Safety Plan, as well as are targeted towards those drivers who repeatedly re-offend. Currently, the fine for using a mobile device while driving is usually £100 as well as three penalty points, which was increased via £60 in 2013.
HGV drivers could face the harshest punishment, collecting six penalty points if they’re caught using a mobile phone at the wheel. the idea’s understood the larger increase for lorry drivers is usually designed to reflect how much more severe accidents involving HGVs can be.
Under the scheme, first-time offenders will still be offered an educational course rather than a fine.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he wants to see using a phone while driving become a “social taboo, like not wearing a seatbelt”.
“Using a mobile phone while driving is usually reckless as well as costs lives, he said. “The message is usually clear: keep your hands on the wheel, not your phone. If you keep taking calls at the wheel you could end up being banned via the road.”
Figures via the Department for Transport show which there were 1775 road deaths on UK roads in 2014, a 4% rise on the previous year. The use of a mobile phone was a contributing factor in 21 fatal accidents in 2014.
President of the AA Edmund King said: “This specific epidemic of hand-held mobile phone use while driving has already cost lives as well as drivers have demanded action. Three quarters of drivers see others using mobile phones on some or most journeys, with one quarter seeing the idea on every journey according to our polls.
“The majority of drivers will welcome these increased fines as well as penalty points, alongside driver improvement courses, to tackle those who use hand-held mobiles at the wheel.”
A consultation on the brand-new plans is usually due in 2016.
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