As of March 1st 2017 some very important mobile phone law changes have come into effect in the UK. The Department for Transport has decided that the penalty points and fines applicable to drivers found using a mobile phone were not severe enough, and therefore decided to double them. This is a direct attempt to reduce the number of road traffic accidents and injuries associated with mobile phones, a problem which seems to be becoming more and more prevalent.
What are the new mobile phone law changes?
Any drivers found using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a car will now face a fine of £200 as well as six penalty points. For drivers who are caught for a second time the penalties are even more severe; in this case the driver will face disqualification, a £1000 fine, a magistrates’ court appearance and 12 points on their licence.
Younger people are more likely to use their mobile phones when driving then older people and many of them may be affected more seriously by these new mobile phone law changes; six penalty points on a new licence means the driver will have their licence taken away from them. This is because any new driver who accrues six penalty points in the first two years after passing their test loses their licence automatically.
The dangers of mobile phones and driving
Many people forget the great responsibility they have when behind the wheel of a car. After all, cars are high-powered machines capable of travelling at very high speeds, which is why drivers must be giving the road and other traffic their full attention. Failure to do so because of using a mobile phone has caused many accidents over the years which is why it is illegal and considered to be a very serious case of negligence.
How to make a claim against the negligent driver
If you were injured in a road traffic accident in the last three years, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against a negligent driver. Accident Advice Helpline is available to call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and we have a team of very friendly and helpful advisors waiting to hear what happened to you. Even if you are not sure if negligence was involved, you can trust our huge experience in the field to let you know where you stand.
Date Published: March 1, 2017
Author: Rob Steen