New penalties from next month

Motorists are warned that new penalties for using their mobile phones behind the wheel come into force on 1 March.

From next month, guilty drivers will receive six penalty points and a £200 fine.

There is serious risk in the physical distraction of holding a phone while driving, but there is also the risk of the mental distraction every driver faces when trying to do something else other than drive and therefore compromising not only their own safety but that of other road users.

New drivers could have their licences revoked through just one mobile phone offence under the new rules. Neil said, Anyone whose licence is revoked in the first two years of driving means they will have to spend more than £100 to reapply for a provisional licence and take new theory and practical tests. Added to the £200 fine and this could be a very costly process.

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