Car phone fines fall by 59%


THERE has been a huge fall in the num­ber of driv­ers be­ing fined for us­ing their mo­bile phones at the wheel.

Ac­cord­ing to a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest to UK po­lice forces, the num­ber has plum­meted by 59 per cent in the past five years.

From March to De­cem­ber 2013, 14,974 mo­torists were fined but, for the same pe­riod last year, 6175 were fined for the same of­fence.

Us­ing a mo­bile phone at the wheel was first banned in 2003 and, since 2007, the penalty was three points on your li­cence and a £60 fine.

This went up to a £100 fine in 2013 but, from March 2017, the penalty was dou­bled to six points on the li­cence and a £200 fine.

To find out if the higher penal­ties had re­sulted in a change of driver be­hav­iour, bosses at car war­ranty providers War­ranty Di­rect an­a­lysed FOI re­quests to po­lice forces up the down the UK about the num­ber of fines they had doled out.

The study showed that in the 10-month pe­riod from March to De­cem­ber over the past five years, the num­ber of mo­torists fined has de­creased year on year.

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