Mobile Phone Fine Increase Has Had Positive Impact On Dangerous Driving

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Latest research from the Ministry of Justice has found that the 2017 increase in fines and penalty points for being caught driving with a mobile phone has had a positive impact.

Car warranty provider Warranty Direct has studied year-on-year figures for the offence of using a mobile phone at the wheel and found that instances have dropped by a significant 44%.

The Department of Transport took strong measures to stamp out the offence, which up until 2017 had been increasingly alarming every year. Drivers caught on the phone are now fined £200 and given six penalty point, double the previous limits.

The jump to six points is significant to new drivers, as those caught who have held a licence for less than two years would have to retake their test again.

Simon Ackers, chief executive at the warranty provider, said: “It's great to see these updated driving laws have had a significant, positive impact on driving behaviours, in such a short space of time.

“I don't believe it's just the increased financial penalties influencing people's driving behaviour either, as motoring authorities have increased their efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of unsafe driving.

“We fully support any new measures which, make our roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians.

“I believe more motorists are truly beginning to understand the consequences of speeding and using their mobile phones at the wheel.”

Whilst it is great to see the number of driving offences related to mobile phones dropping, some have suggested that a decline in the number of dedicated traffic officers may also be having an impact on the numbers.