Penalties for using mobile phones while driving to be increased next year

The Government has announced changes to penalties for using hand-held mobile phones while driving. The new sanctions will apply in England, Scotland and Wales but not Northern Ireland (where the offence attracts three penalty points and a fine of £60). Legislation will now be drafted and the changes are expected to come into effect next year as follows.

• Drivers caught using a mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive six penalty points

• There will not be the option for new drivers (including those driving an HGV) to take a driving course instead of the points and fine.

• Fines for offences will increase from £100 to £200 and penalty points from three to six (for drivers of all classes of the vehicle)

Read the Government’s report on the changes here –

Source FTA