Penalties for using mobile phones behind the wheel are on the rise

Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales will now face tougher penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving from the 1st of March 2017. Fixed penalties for offenders will rise from a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points on their licence to a fine of £200 and 6 penalty points on their licence. This is hoped to further deter people from using their mobile phones when driving with road safety being high on the agenda with these changes being implemented.

Northern Ireland drivers however will remain unaffected by these changes with the fixed penalty staying at a fine of £60 and 3 penalty points on their licence. This however could be reassessed in the future to take Northern Ireland drivers into line with the rest of the UK.

In the meantime MTB Solicitors ask drivers to stay safe when driving, but in the event that you do find yourself faced with any kind of issue arising from driving, for instance being detected speeding, using a mobile phone or even having been involved in an accident as an innocent or at fault party, please feel free to contact one of our dedicated Solicitors on 02890329801 for any advice required.