From Mar 1st, anyone found calling, texting or using an app while driving will face a £200 on-the-spot fine and six points on their licence in the UK.
It means that new drivers – who can lose a maximum of six points before being banned for the first two years after passing their test– will face an immediate ban for sending a single text message.
According to research, the proportion of people who think it is acceptable to take a short phone call while driving has doubled in the last two years.
More experienced motorists can lose their licence if they receive 12 points in a three-year period.
It follows a tragic incident in which Polish lorry driver Tomasz Kroker killed four members of the same family after failing to stop while scrolling through music on his phone.