From the 1st March 2017, anyone found calling, texting or using an app whilst driving will face a £200 fine and six points on their license. This means that new drivers, who can have a maximum of six points in their first two years of passing their test, will have their license revoked and will be required to sit their test again. The rules are the same if you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. Motorists will no longer be offered the opportunity to go on a driver awareness course
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said he hopes the increased penalties will act as a “strong deterrent”, discouraging people from even checking their phones. Research by the RAC has found that one in 4 motorists admit checking their texts, emails or social media whilst driving.
The only time motorists are permitted to use a phone in a vehicle are to call 999 in an emergency and it’s unsafe to stop, or if safely parked. No other exceptions! You can still use a hands free phone as long as you do not press any buttons on your phone whilst driving.
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Blog by Victoria Richardson, Trainee Solicitor