Fixed Penalty Notice Increase From £60 To £90
The Fixed Penalty Notice for using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel could increase from £60 to £90, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has suggested. This would represent a fifty percent rise – although there is no plan to simultaneously increase the three point licence endorsement. The hand-held mobile offence relates to making/receiving calls, sending/reading texts and surfing the internet, etc. Furthermore – despite what some people think – it is enforced while cars are stationary (say) at red lights or in traffic jams. The only exception is that motorists can legally use hand-held phones to contact the emergency services if it is impractical to stop. Since the mobile ban was introduced in 2003, more than one-million people have been convicted so it is a very common offence. As such, forty-two percent of drivers admitted to “using hand-held mobiles illegally” in a recent AA/Populus poll. In fact – over only a few days in a small geographical area – Police in East Riding caught thirty-four people using hand-held phones. Presumably, these had failed to note that a local pensioner had been killed recently by someone distracted by a phone. Research carried out for Which?, in fact, found that writing a text causes the driver's attention to drop seventy-nine percent.