Penalties for Using Hand-held Mobile Devices While Driving May Increase
July 27, 2016
According to recent motor industry research, drivers that use a hand-held mobile device are four times as likely to be in an accident. To help combat this increased risk, the Department for Transport has announced its intention to increase the penalties associated with the use of mobile devices. The intended effect of the proposal is to reduce the number of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that are injured or killed by distracted drivers each year.
Currently, if a motorist is caught using a hand-held mobile device, he or she could be penalised three points and receive a £100 fine. But, under the new proposal, motorists could receive a £150 fine and three points, while lorry drivers could receive up to six.
While the government has yet to announce when the increase will come into force, you should nevertheless begin practising the habit of driving without your mobile device. This is to not only avoid potential penalties, but to ensure the safety of others on the road.