27/02/2007 - New Mobile Phone Penalties Come Into Force
New legislation to increase the penalty for using hand-held phones whilst driving will into force on 27 February 2007. The curent fine of £30 will increase to £60 and three penalty points on your licence. If you get six points within two years of passing your test, your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit the test. If a case goes to court a maximum fine of £1,000 could be imposed for the driver of a heavy goods vehicle. A driver can also be prosecuted for using a hands free-device if you are not in proper control of your vehicle when using the device. The penalties are the same - £60 fine and three points on your licence.
If you are an employer you can be prosecuted if you require employees to make or receive mobile calls while driving. It is an offence to cause or permit the use of a hand-held mobile phone when driving. It is also an offence to cause or permit a driver not to have proper control of a vehicle.
A Spokesman for AICES, Mark O'Brien said, " We have informed all our Members of these important changes to the law. Research has shown if you are using a mobile phone whilst driving, you are four times more likely to have a crash. All drivers have a responsibility to comply with the new law and reduce the risk of causing an accident."
For further information visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk