Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones in Britain are to face “much tougher penalties”, with fines and points doubling.
New rules coming into force next year will see drivers get six points on their licence and received a £200 fine. Also newly qualified drivers could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught.
The new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, could also see more experienced drivers going to court if they offend twice, and facing possible fines of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.
The Department for Transport said it expected the changes to take effect in the first half of 2017.
If you are caught driving whilst using a mobile phone your car insurance premium will increase and insurers will no doubt take a dim view on anyone driving whist not being in full control.
If you need to look at a text or call it is suggested you pull off the road and switch off your engine before even picking up your phone.
Information provided by BBC News.