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Almost two Thirds of Drivers Unaware of the penalty for using a mobile device while driving

The increase, which came in to force in 2017, seems to have gone unnoticed by many UK motorists

Last week’s blog looked at the reported substantial increase in one US state for using a mobile phone while driving: the BBC reported over the weekend that many UK drivers are unaware of the current penalty, 6 points and a £200 fine, and some call for even stronger penalties.

The RAC found that only 36% of the 2,000 UK motorists quizzed knew offenders face six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Some 41% believed that more visible law enforcement is needed, and 22% advocated for stronger penalties being introduced.

The punishment was doubled from three penalty points and £100 last year, which has made it enough to ban those with less than two years’ experience.To get back behind the wheel, these offenders have to retake both the theory and practical parts of the driving test.

The BBC’s report highligted that many people believe that there needed to be more publicity about the tougher laws, while others said they are currently not enforced strongly enough.

If you are stopped for allegedly using your mobile phone while driving then it is likely you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Offer or 6 poitns and a £200 fine: if you are a new driver then this would revoke your licence under the New Driver Act.

If you, or someone you know, has been accused of using their mobile device while driving then please do not hesitate to contact us for advice. Call: 0800 048 8696