Mobile Phone Offence
This is an offence under Section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and carries the maximum penalty up to £1,000 for car drivers (£2,500 for HGV and passenger vehicles carrying over 8 passengers) and 3 penalty points.
You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle. You can also be taken to court where you can: • be banned from driving or riding • get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus
Motorists caught using their mobile twice or accruing 12 points on their licence will face magistrates’ court, being disqualified and fines of up to £1,000. New drivers, within 2 years of passing their test, risk having their licence revoked and lorry or bus drivers can be suspended if caught.
If you have been detected committing a seatbelt offence you may have questions about what happens next, how it will affect your licence, whether you have the chance of going on a course or what if you would rather go to court?
If you have been detected committing a speed offence you may have questions about what happens next, how it will affect your licence, whether you have the chance of going on a course or what if you would rather go to court?
If you’re still within 2 years of passing your driving test, your driving licence will be revoked (withdrawn) if you build up 6 or more penalty points.
If you plead guilty: You’ll have to pay a £100 fine and have 3 points added to your licence, unless you’re given the option to attend a speed awareness course. Your driving licence will have a code on it for 4 years. You may be given the option of attending a speed awareness course
You’ll have to go to court if you plead not guilty: You can be fined more and get more penalty points if the court decides you’re guilty of speeding. The amount you’re fined depends on what the speed limit was and how much over it you were driving. It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you were driving on a motorway). You could also be disqualified from driving or have your licence suspended.