Posted on 27-Jun-2003 08:28.
Filed under: News
From 1 December this year offenders can be fined £30 - up to a maximum £1,000 if their case goes to court. Those caught breaking the ban would also get three penalty points on their driving licences for each offence.
Other types of behaviour, such as eating and drinking while driving, could be dangerous and were covered by general careless driving laws. But mobile phone calls posed particular risks as they could often continue for 10 to 15 minutes, he argued. There's also a warning to users of hands-free phones that they still risk prosecution for failing to have proper control of their vehicle or for careless or reckless driving.
Studies by the Transport Research Laboratory have suggested using a handheld mobile is more dangerous than drink driving.