If you’re wondering how much the fine is for a driver using a mobile phone in the UK, the answer is that it is £200 for a first offence, and it could be up to £1000 if you are caught twice. This is because on March 1st 2017 the Department for Transport decided to double both the fine and the penalty points drivers face if they are caught using a mobile phone whilst at the controls of a car. The penalty points a driver using a mobile phone now faces has risen to six; enough to revoke the licence of a new driver.
Why have the penalty points and fine been doubled?
With mobile phones becoming such a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, there has been a rise in drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel, and as a consequence, a rise in the number of road traffic accidents caused by this. The Department for Transport wanted to tackle this problem by doubling both the penalty points and fine, and making it more likely that a person will be disqualified from driving for multiple offences.
The move to make the consequences more serious was welcomed by many motoring groups and safety campaigners in the UK. Think! also launched a new advertising campaign about the dangers of drivers using mobile phones, suggesting that it is actually more dangerous than drink-driving.
Were you hurt by a driver using a mobile phone?
You may be one of the unfortunate victims of a driver using a mobile phone while driving. If this is the case, you may be able to make a compensation claim based on the negligent actions of the other party. Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with many such cases, and we can even offer to represent you with a no-win, no-fee guarantee. This means that if we do not successfully claim compensation on your behalf, you will have absolutely no solicitors’ fees to pay.
Would you like to find out more?
It is easy to find out if you are eligible to make a compensation claim for your injuries by calling our team on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile). Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years of experience dealing with road traffic accidents and the injuries they have caused. Call today to see if you can make a claim too.
Date Published: March 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen