Previous to March 1st 2017, if you were found driving while talking on the phone you could expect to receive three points on your licence. However, since that date the penalty points you will receive have actually doubled to six. This is because the Department for Transport has recently changed the law regarding how serious an offence it is to use a mobile phone when driving, and as such has also doubled the fine a driver can expect to receive to £200.
Why has the law changed?
The reason this new legislation was introduced is to try to prevent drivers from using a mobile phone behind the wheel. Driving while talking on the phone is incredibly dangerous, and even something many people believe to be more innocuous like checking a text message, social media or looking at a map can cause a road traffic accident.
Many road accidents are caused each year by mobile phone use and because mobile phones are such an everyday part of our lives, many drivers don’t think twice about using them when they shouldn’t be. According to the law, you can only use a mobile phone as a car driver when you have parked the car in a safe place and the engine is no longer running. You are not legally allowed to use your mobile phone simply because the car is stationary; traffic lights and traffic jams are not an excuse to get your phone out.
Driving while talking on the phone is negligence
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we deal with a huge number of accidents of all kinds caused by negligence. Many road traffic accidents are caused by drivers who are not paying attention to the road, speeding, driving through red lights, drink-driving and more. Using a mobile phone while driving is as serious a case of negligence as any of these, and accounts for many of the accidents we seek compensation for each year.
Have you been hurt in a car accident?
If you were injured in a road traffic accident and you know or believe the other driver was driving while talking on the phone, feel free to call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). Accident Advice Helpline is the UK’s largest personal injury specialist law firm with over 16 years’ experience in helping injured parties successfully claim compensation for their pain and suffering.