Findings from the 2016 RAC Report on Motoring show that more and more drivers are using their mobile phones while driving. Whether it’s a phone call, typing out a quick text message, or just checking your notifications, it’s illegal. And now, because of the results of RAC’s report, new rules are being put in place to try and combat the problem.
Drivers caught using their phones while driving will now face a £200 fine and six points on their licence.
From 2017, drivers caught using their phones while driving will face a £200 fine (up from £100) and six points (up from three) on their licence. This will also apply to new drivers as well, so if you’re caught using your phone in the first 2 years of being a driver, you will be forced to re-sit your driving test.
The changes come after an RAC study found almost a third of motorists make calls, text and use mobile apps behind the wheel. RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The Government’s swift action to the findings in the RAC Report on Motoring shows they understand just how dangerous it can be to use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. Increasing the fine from £100 to £200 and doubling the penalty points from three to six will help to deter people from doing it in the first place.”
With 492 phone-related car accidents, 84 of which were serious and 21 fatal accidents, in 2014 there are questions about whether these changes will make a big enough difference to road safety.
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