Mobile UK Alerts Drivers to DfT’s Think! Mobiles Campaign and New Fines
Mobile UK is calling on all drivers to be aware of an increase in penalties for mobile phone usage while driving.
From 1st March, the penalties for those caught using a handheld phone while driving will increase. Both the fine and penalty points will double from £100 to £200 and from 3 to 6 points.
Mobile UK urges all drivers to treat safe driving as a top priority. If a conversation is necessary while driving, the mobile must always be properly connected to a hand-free system that allows attention to be focused on the road. Keep the call short and simple and if the conversation needs to continue say that you’ll find a safe and legal place to stop and phone back.
Notes to Editors
- Mobile UK is the trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
- From 1st March the penalty for those caught using a phone while driving will double from £100 to £200 and from 3 points to 6 points.
- The law states that is illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. However, it is permissible to use a hands-free phone while driving but you can still be prosecuted if you are found not to be in control of your vehicle.
- For further information on the DfT’s Think! Mobiles campaign click here.
Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications, 07887 911 076