Punishments for texting behind the wheel are about to double in United Kingdom:
According to the new rules which are yet to come by the end of this year, drivers will get six points on their license and they have to pay a fine of £200. It is important to know that this new mobile phone usage law will apply in England, Scotland and Wales.
The British government says “Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling.
Department for Transport (DfT) figures show that a driver impaired or distracted by their phone was a contributory factor in 492 accidents in Britain in 2014, including 21 that were fatal and 84 classed as serious, these facts and figures are intimidating.
AA president Edmund King said: “This is radical. One text and you’re out. But if we are to change the attitudes of young drivers’ maybe it has to be that harsh.
“They are going to have to turn off their phones at the wheel otherwise they will be taken off the road.”
If you are an experienced driver, the probability is high that you can lose your license due to accumulating 12 penalty points on your license within three year.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said, “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.”
“We all have a part to play in ensuring our family and friends do not use their phones while driving. I will be announcing a tougher new penalty regime shortly.”
Drivers caught using a handheld phone are currently given three penalty points and a minimum fine of £100, but this is set to be increased to six points and £200 fine under the new rules.
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