Driving: Mobile Phones

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what further steps his Department plans to take to educate people on the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government is concerned about drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This is a reckless activity which increases the likelihood of a collision four-fold. The fine increased from £100 to £200, and the penalty points increased from three to six points for all drivers. These increases came into effect in March 2017.

The Government also recognises the importance of educating drivers about the risks involved in using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

In addition to advice in the Highway Code and on www.gov.uk,The THINK! Campaigns are designed to educate drivers and promote road safety, which includes supporting a change in behaviour on using mobile phones when driving.

Details of the THINK! campaigns can be found at http://think.direct.gov.uk/mobile-phones.html

The Department’s policy on the use of mobile phones while driving will be kept under review and consideration will be given to the impact of the recent change in law and the THINK! campaigns in due course.

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