Penalties Double for Using a Mobile While Driving
May 16, 2017
As of 1st March 2017, the penalty for mobile usage while driving doubled from £100 to £200 and from three to six points on a licence. Plus, repeat offenders could find themselves banned from the road.
New drivers caught using mobiles while driving within the first two years of passing their driving tests will have their licences revoked and will have to retake their practical and theory. Your motor premium may also jump 20-29 per cent—that is, if your insurer will still cover you at all. A mobile usage penalty could mean higher premiums with fewer insurance options.
These stronger penalties arise from 2015 traffic statistics, where 22 people were killed and 99 were seriously injured from accidents where a driver was using a mobile. What’s more, 3,600 drivers were given mobile usage penalties from 23-29 January this year.
With these new regulations in place, here’s what you can and cannot do with your mobile while in your vehicle: