There are three main offences in relation to the use of a mobile phone or hand held device: use by the driver, causing or permitting that use, and supervising a provisional licence-holder whilst using. In each case, there is an exemption if it is a call to emergency services using 999 or 112.
It is becoming increasingly common to hear of mobile phone offences being committed and ever increasing penalties being enforced. So much so that Police Forces across England are beginning to offer awareness courses in the same way that speed awareness courses are used as an alternative to endorsement.
It used to be that a mobile phone offence would result in a fixed penalty of up to £30 and an endorsement of 3 points on your licence. It has also been reported that insurance companies are now getting tougher on those with mobile phone offences endorsed on their licence. It has been said that in many cases the premium added to drivers’ insurance is greater for this offence than others such as speeding. It is also now the case that the Crown Prosecution Service are beginning to use dangerous driving as a starting point when considering a prosecution. This carries with it a custodial sentence. The pressure is on the authorities to really crack down on this type of behaviour.
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