Tougher penalties for using a mobile phone behind the wheel now in force

From today (1 March 2017), drivers caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel will face significantly increased penalties.

The fixed penalty for using a handheld mobile phone while driving will double from a £100 fine and three points on the licence, to a £200 fine and six points. The crackdown on offending motorists by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, also means that drivers with clean licences will no longer be allowed to take a remedial training or Driver Awareness course. The new penalty regime will apply to all, regardless of previous offending.

The rules follow a consultation last year launched by the Department for Transport, which found that in certain circumstances, using a mobile phone while driving can have a worse impact on driving ability than being over the drink driving limit.

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