From 1st March drivers now face six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine if using a handheld phone while driving. This is twice as much as before, with previous legislation issuing motorists with just three penalty points on their licence and a £100 fine.
Last year in Britain alone, drivers impaired or distracted‚ by their phone was a contributory factor in 440 accidents, including 22 which were fatal and 75 classed as serious, Department for Transport figures showed. A DFT spokesman said: Given the tragic consequences which can result from any driver using a mobile phone when driving it is important that all drivers understand the consequences of their actions.
Government chiefs now hope six penalty points and a £200 fine will be a strong deterrent to stop motorists breaking the law.