It was widely reported in the news that from March 2017 drivers in the UK now face more serious penalties if they are found using their mobile phone while driving. As of the first day of that month, motorists using mobiles can look forward to six penalty points and a £200 fine if they are spotted by the police. The Department for Transport has decided to double the penalty points and fine because more and more people have been using their mobile phones while driving, with many accidents having been caused.
How will this affect drivers?
Many drivers who receive six penalty points on their licence face being banned because in general, receiving 12 or more penalty points within three years leads to a disqualification. In the case of new drivers who have had a licence for less than two years, it takes only six points for the licence to be revoked. As part of the new legislation regarding motorists using mobiles, any drivers caught twice using a mobile phone while driving could be facing 12 penalty points, a £1000 fine and disqualification.
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.”
How many accidents are caused by motorists using mobiles?
It was widely reported at the time of the new legislation being announced that in 2015, 22 people were killed and a further 99 were seriously injured in mobile phone-related road accidents in the UK. This just goes to show how dangerous mobile phone use is, and why the only time you are legally allowed to use a mobile phone as a driver is when you are safely parked with the engine switched off.
Claiming against a negligent driver
At Accident Advice Helpline we have dealt with many cases of road traffic accidents being caused by motorists using mobiles. This is one of the most serious cases of negligence, and therefore compensation claims in such circumstances are quite common. Whether you suffered a serious or minor injury, if you would like to know more about claiming, simply call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today without any obligation.
Date Published: March 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen