Tougher rules on using mobile phones while driving come into force

Drivers caught using their mobile phones will face a much tougher penalty as police crack down this week.

From Wednesday, March 1, the penalty will be doubled from a  £100 fine and three points to £200 and six points on your licence.

The punishment is even worse for drivers who have had their license for less than two years who will have their license taken away completely.

It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle this applies even if you stop at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted.


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