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Tougher Penalties for Using a Handheld Mobile Device at the Wheel
Published on the 23rd January 2017

Penalty Points and Fines to Double

Since 2003 it has been illegal to use a handheld mobile phone whilst driving or whilst the vehicle is stationary with the engine switched on. 

Currently the penalty following this conviction, known as a CU80, is 3 points on your licence and a fine of up to £60. 

With effect from 1
st March 2017 the penalty will be increased to 6 points and a fine of up to £200.

Newly qualified drivers could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught.

The new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, could also see more experienced drivers going to court if they offend twice, and facing possible fines of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.

These penalties may have serious consequences for your motor vehicle and motor fleet insurance policies. 

If you would like to discuss the impact these penalties could have or what Risk Management techniques you might be able to implement to prevent this happening, please contact a member of our broking team on 01384 375555.




 
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