Consultation and survey launched over proposals to increase penalties The Department for Transport has launched a consultation (link is external) on whether harsher penalties should be introduced for motorists caught using handheld mobile phones at the wheel, and has posted a survey online (link is external) to canvass the public’s views.
Currently, a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 applies to the offence, and offenders also have their driving licence endorsed with three penalty points.
Last month, secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin announced plans to increase the fine to £150 and for motorists to receive four penalty points or six if they are behind the wheel of an HGV at the time the offence was committed.
> Stiffer penalties for using mobile phones while driving?
He said: "Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives – I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt.
"The message is clear: keep your hands on the wheel, not your phone. If you keep taking calls while at the wheel, you could end up being banned from the road."However, with cuts in the number of police officers dedicated to traffic duties, road safety […]