Friday, March 17, 2017

As of March 1st, 2017, new drivers in the UK who are caught using a phone at the wheel will lose their licence

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.

"Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving. It is as inexcusable as drink driving." Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary

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.

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