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.