Penalty Points to Increase for Drivers Caught Using Handheld Mobile Phones

It is likely to go largely unnoticed in light of the UK media’s obsession with overnight news from across the Atlantic, but, following consultation, the Government has now confirmed that the Department for Transport will be implementing the following proposals in respect of handheld mobiles whilst driving:

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  1. The number of penalty points issued will rise from 3 to 6 for all drivers.

  2. The fixed penalty notice fine will double from the current £100 to £200, applicable to all.

  3. A remedial course that has previously been offered to offenders caught for the first time, as an alternative to prosecution, will no longer be available.