Lord Bradshaw – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Bradshaw on 2016-04-26.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the proposed increase in penalty points and fines for those who use mobile phones while driving, in the light of the number of road fatalities in which that offence was a contributing factor.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Evidence shows that hand-held mobile phone use by car drivers decreased after the legislation was introduced in 2003, and after the first increase in the penalty in 2007. However, I know that dangerous in-car mobile phone use remains a key concern amongst motorists. That is why the previous Government increased the level of fine in 2013 and this Government has brought forward a further package of measures to increase the current 3 penalty points to 4 and the fixed penalty notice to rise from £100 to £150.