The Road Haulage Association has applauded the government's decision to apply much tougher penalties in equal measure to motorists and HGV drivers caught using their hand-held phones while driving.
From early next year, penalties will double, with all drivers caught using their mobile phones automatically receiving six points on their licence instead of the current three. They will also receive an on-the-spot fine, which will double from £100 to £200.
The move will see the government crackdown harder on motorists than originally planned.
A consultation document published in January this year had proposed tougher penalties for HGV drivers than general motorists, with the latter receiving four penalty points compared with HGV drivers’ six penalty points.
However, concern at the rising use of mobile phones whilst driving, particularly among younger drivers and male drivers, and the rise in fatal driving accidents involving mobile phone use, has seen the government opt for punitive sanctions across the board.
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