UK motorists can expect fines of up to £ 200 for using their phone while driving

UK motorists can expect fines of up to £ 200 for using their phone while driving

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  • “While our roads remain among the safest in the world, we will continue working tirelessly to make them safer, including through our award-winning THINK! campaign, which challenges social norms among high-risk drivers.” The crackdown comes after a public consultation that found 81% of respondents supported proposals to strengthen the law. The Highway Code will also be revised to make it clear that being stationary in traffic counts as driving and handheld mobile phone use at traffic lights or in motorway jams is illegal except in very limited circumstances. Mary Williams, the chief executive of the road safety charity Brake, said the changes, coinciding with Road Safety Week, were “very welcome”.

  • Anyone caught using their handheld device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence. Drivers can still use devices such as satnavs and mobile phones using satellite navigation, if they are secured in a cradle. But motorists must take responsibility for their driving and can be prosecuted if the police find them not in proper control of their vehicle. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “By making it easier to prosecute people illegally using their phone at the wheel, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st century while further protecting all road users.

The president of the AA, Edmund King, said: “By making mobile phone use as socially unacceptable as drink-driving, we are taking big steps to make our roads safer. For years, the AA has campaigned hard and helped educate drivers to the dangers from bad mobile phone use. “To help ensure drivers get the message, we also need more cops in cars to help catch and deter those still tempted to pick up.”

“While today’s announcement is clearly good news, it’s absolutely vital that the new law is vigorously enforced otherwise there’s a risk that it won’t deliver the sort of behaviour change that will make our roads safer.”  as you’re joining us today from India, we have a small favour to ask. With the world’s eyes on the crucial UN climate summit, the Guardian will bring you the facts, negotiations, news and science. For years, climate experts have stressed that Guardian reporting – independent, rigorous, persistent and open to all – is a critical tool to confront the climate crisis, which is intensifying around the world. Leaders, influenced by powerful lobbies, are now set to make decisions that will determine our future.

Simon Williams, the RAC road safety spokesperson, said: “As our phones have become more sophisticated, the law has not kept pace and this has allowed some drivers who have been using their handheld phones for purposes other than communicating to exploit a loophole and avoid the maximum penalty.

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