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Driving & Mobile Phones

 

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Tougher sanctions are to be imposed on all drivers found guilty of using a mobile telephone whilst driving.  This will include the use of social media and any social interactive communication whilst driving in addition to the general use of your mobile phone.  In a society whereby persons are reliant on the constant need for news updates and social interaction the government proposals could have a detrimental impact on a high percentage of road users.

Currently, if you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, driving whilst using a mobile telephone you will receive 3 penalty points and a fine of approximately £100.  However, this is set to change, the government proposes to impose 6 penalty points and a fine of approximately £200 for anybody guilty of this offence.

If a driver, who has more than 2 years experience of driving, accrues a total of 12 penalty points in his/her licence, he/she will be subject to an immediate disqualification of up to 6 months unless exceptional hardship can be successfully raised.

But what if you have been driving for less than 2 years?  A driver with less than 2 years experience is regarded as a ‘newly qualified driver’ and as a consequence, cannot accrue 6 penalty points on his/her licence . Any driver who reaches the 6 point threshold will be required to take his/her practical driving test and theory test again as his/her licence will be revoked.  A revocation is not the same as a disqualification but it is not a situation anybody desires.

The majority of newly qualified drivers are aged 17+ and undoubtedly have a strong reliance on their mobile phones as they must document their lives on social media at every given opportunity, but is a snapchat story or an Instagram post worth 6 penalty points, a revocation and the potential death of himself/herself or another driver?

It is clear that the government are fighting to tackle this issue due to the rise in a number of deaths by caused dangerous driving which have arisen due to the use of a mobile telephones whilst driving.

If you are unfortunate enough to have been accused of driving whilst using a mobile phone, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Although we are in agreement with the governments proposals to target selfish drivers, we support those who have been wrongly accused and do our utmost to avoid unnecessary convictions.

News articles:

The Guardian

The Telegraph 

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