As of yesterday, (March 1st), drivers caught using their mobile phone will receive 6 points on their license and a £200 fine, repeat offenders will face a £1000 fine and a six-month ban from driving. Previously, the fine for using a mobile phone when driving was three points and a maximum fine of £100. Shocking revelations in the RAC report on motoring 2016 found out that many drivers were using their mobile phone device behind the wheel.
An estimated 11 million motorists had admitted to using their mobile phones for voice calls in the 12 months prior to the report with a further 5 million motorists confirming they used their mobile device for taking photos or videos whilst driving.
The RAC report also found that 13% of UK drivers are most concerned about fellow drivers using a handheld mobile phone to talk, text or access the internet whilst driving. 41% of motorists said that drivers using their handheld mobile devices were one of their top 4 concerns. This was the top concern for UK motorists and one of the reasons why government has begun to implement harsher penalties.
Motorists in the past few years have become relaxed in their attitude to using their mobile device whilst driving:
- 48% of motorists admitted to using their phone at the wheel to make or receive calls whilst in stationary traffic,
- 31% admitted to using their phone whilst driving,
- 14% said they have used their smartphones to take photos or videos whilst driving
- 20% think it’s acceptable to check social media whilst sitting in traffic.
Use of handheld mobile devices remains the biggest road safety concern amongst motorists, and is no surprise that government has now introduced stricter penalties from today.
Our business development managers are constantly on the road but need access to their information, so how do they achieve this legally? One of our Managers, Gary informs us, ‘As I’m quite often on the road myself, I like to be as productive as possible when driving. There are many modern methods of technology to help legally achieve this, sometimes the simple use of a Bluetooth car kit or headset can make life so much simpler and safer!” If you would like more information on how to legally receive calls whilst driving, please contact us.