Last week, UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin cracked down on motorists using their mobile phones whilst driving. Under current law, drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel receive a £100 fine and three penalty points. These changes could mean mobile phone fines are increased to £150 and six penalty points awarded to those caught texting or calling whilst driving.
Under the new proposals, which have been backed by a Tayside road safety chief, motorists could be banned from driving if they commit two mobile phone offences in a three year period. Newly qualified drivers are at risk of a ban after just one offence. It looks likely that these changes could be implemented after the next election.
Martin Tait, chair of the Dundee Road Safety Forum and group manager for Tayside Fire and Rescue, welcomed the changes, saying, “The number of people you see texting, calling or using their mobile phone behind the wheel is unbelievable. There is no way that you can pay attention to what is happening around you. It’s already an offence as it is, but there are still a lot of people using their phones and the government is now addressing the issue. I would hope that this would have the impact they are looking for and will deter people from using their mobile phones behind the wheel in future.”
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Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown