Increase in penalties for using Mobile phones 'Behind the wheel'
16th March 2017
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The penalties for using your mobile phone whilst 'behind the wheel' increased from 1st March 2017.


  • New drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked under new rules in England, Scotland and Wales.


  • Penalties for using a phone at the wheel double to six points and a £200 fine.


  • New drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory.


  • More experienced drivers can be banned if they get 12 points in three years.


It was reported in 2015, the last time figures are available, that 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents where a driver was using their phone.


The tougher punishments come alongside a hard-hitting advertising campaign.


Adverts aimed at discouraging phone use have been developed by the government’s road safety group Think! and the AA Charitable Trust, and will be shown at cinemas and on billboards, radio and social media.


* It is illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices

* The rules are the same if you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic

* It is also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider



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