One mistake could cost new licence holders

Written by Ellie

New penalties relating to the use of mobile phones while driving in the UK that could see new drivers losing their licence for a single offence have been supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Coming into effect from March 1st, drivers found guilty of this offence will receive a fine of up to £200 and six points on their licence – meaning those who have only recently qualified to drive could see their licence revoked.

Nick Lloyd, road safety manager for RoSPA, said: "We understand how difficult it can be to ignore your mobile phone, but there's not a single reason that will excuse putting people's lives at risk, and hopefully these new stricter penalties will mean drivers think twice."

Indeed, motorists are reminded that the use of a handheld mobile phone is illegal whether a person is making a call or not. Using it on loudspeaker, texting, surfing the internet or taking a selfie – these are all distracting behaviours.

Drivers need to be aware that the act of simply holding the phone can result in a fine and points on your licence, and this holds true even when sitting in stationary traffic.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "There really is no excuse for using a handheld mobile phone while driving no matter the age or experience of the driver, as the distraction this can cause is well known."

Posted on 28th February 2017

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