Texting drivers: Penalty points and fines to double

Texting drivers: Penalty points and fines to double

Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling, the government says.

Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.

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

The RAC welcomed the move but said cuts to traffic police meant many drivers did not think they would be caught.

The new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, could also see more experienced drivers going to court if they offend twice, and facing possible fines of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.

The increased penalties will be accompanied by a high-profile government Think! campaign highlighting the dangers of handheld mobile phone use at the wheel.