In an effort to reduce the number of texting-related incidents, the UK government has today announced plans to double fines and points awards for those who have been caught using their mobile at the wheel.
Under the Department for Transport’s new rules, texting and driving will result in a six-point penalty and a £200 charge, meaning that that driver might have to retake their test if they are out of points.
If they are found to be using their phone at the wheel for a second time, they will be summoned to court, charged up to £1,000, and given a driving ban of at least six months.
These rules will be introduced in the first half of 2017.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, explained more about the plans.
“As technology develops, mobile phones are common place, but we need to take responsibility for our actions and as drink or drug driving has become socially unacceptable, so must using mobile phones at the wheel.”
“It may seem harmless when you are replying to a text, answering a call or using an app, but the truth is your actions could kill and cause untold misery to others.”
It’s certainly interesting to see the UK government to extend these rules and if these rules will work in deterring drivers from using their phone in the car.