13 June 2016
Increased Penalty For Using Phone While Driving
The penalty for using a phone while driving is set to increase because it is reportedly not enough to people off from using smartphones at the wheel.
The fixed penalty currently stands at £100 and three penalty points on your license, but government ministers are expected to increase the fine to £150 and the number of license points to four.
Figures from the Department for Transport suggest that over half a million UK motorists use their mobiles while driving because 1.6 per cent of drivers were observed doing so in 2014, up by 0.2 per cent over the course of five years.
RAC spokesman, Simon Williams, said: “In the 13 years since specific legislation was introduced making it illegal to use a handheld phone while driving, mobile phones have evolved into smart phones, and the increased features offered by apps and faster internet access has raised interaction levels.
“Being glued to the screen of a mobile phone when walking is dangerous enough, doing the same thing at the wheel of a vehicle, even just occasionally, is a recipe for disaster.
“There is a very strong feeling from law-abiding motorists that something needs to be done to make drivers stop using their phones while driving.”
An RAC survey found that a third of motorists thought the fine for driving whilst using your mobile phone should be £450, meanwhile about two thirds believed it should be £200.
According to the survey, which questioned 2,100 motorists, most people think that an increase of £50 will not make any difference to people’s driving habits.
Over the last recorded five years, from 2009 to 2014, the number of prosecutions for using a phone while driving has fallen by 47 per cent. Campaigners suggest that this is due to a lack of police on the roads of Britain.
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