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Tougher sanctions on mobile phone use from 1st March 2017

By: Dave Robbins
28 February 2017

As of the 1st March 2017, Drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone, will get six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

Under new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, more experienced drivers caught breaking the rules twice, could also be fined up to £1,000 and face at least a six-month driving ban.

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

The increased penalty makes it more likely that a driver who already has points on their licence could be banned for a single offence – or take them over your own company’s policy limits.

The change makes it more important than ever for employers to have a rigorous system in place for checking their drivers’ licences.

Find out more about dh Licence Check here.

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