IAM supports increased penalties for mobile users

8th November 2016

IAM supports increased penalties for mobile users (image credit: iStock/baona)

UK driver training and safety organisation IAM RoadSmart has welcomed the government's announcement that the penalties for individuals caught using a mobile phone while driving have been doubled.

From this morning (November 8th), anyone found guilty of using a hand-held mobile phone while at the wheel of a car will now face fines of up to £200 and will receive six points on their licence.

It is a move designed to address the growing problem of motorists using these devices without heed for the increased risk to both themselves, other road users and pedestrians that this creates.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig commented: "Addressing the growing problem of smartphone use whilst driving will require a combination of enforcement and education, as well as drivers, passengers, companies and individuals taking more responsibility.

"It is essential that drivers get the clear message that if you are on the phone and have a fatal crash you can expect to go to prison for a long time."

Indeed, the IAM stated this latest announcement was "brought into sharp focus" by the recent sentencing of lorry driver Tomasz Kroker, who was jailed for ten years last month after being found guilty of killing a family of four in a crash caused by him being distracted by his mobile phone.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Mobile phones and motoring are a dangerous mix. It is therefore essential that all road users switch off these distracting devices and put them out of reach when at the wheel, as the consequences of failing to do so can be life-changing."