Starting today, British drivers who passed their test less than two years ago will have their licence torn up if they get caught hand-holding a mobile phone while driving.
New rules mean that anyone still within their two-year probationary period who gets caught texting, tweeting, taking a driving selfie or checking CT for the latest will be banned, even if it’s a first or only offence. Police forces all over the UK will be out in unmarked HGV units over the next week to look down into cars and catch people in the act.
The penalty has doubled from £100 and three points to £200 and six, and racking up six points within the first two years after passing the UK driving test means it’s the end of the road – at least until the ban runs out, at which point offenders have to retake both their theory and practical tests.
Purely anecdotal evidence suggests huge numbers of people are using their phones, even if it’s in slow-moving traffic, which is still illegal. An RAC study last year found that a third of people were willing to admit they used their phone illegally while driving, and the true figure could be much higher.
With the higher punishments in mind, take care, CTzens. As much as we love everything you bring to our little corner of the web, we don’t want any torched licences.