As from 1st March 2017

Motorists caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel could face a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence from today.

Under the tougher legislation, new drivers caught using their phones in the car face losing their licence as a consequence. Six penalty points are enough to see them barred from the road in the first two years of their motoring career – and they will have to retake their practical and theory tests to get back on the road. 

Until today, motorists caught using their mobile devices while behind the wheel were only liable for a fine of £100 and three penalty points.

The new rules are now in force in England, Scotland and Wales. Drivers who are caught offending in this manner multiple times could be hit with a £1,000 fine as well as a six-month driving ban.