New research has highlighted a growing proportion of UK drivers who believe more needs to be done to punish those who use their phones behind the wheel.

Research from Motorpoint showed 86.4 per cent of motorists wish to see tougher penalties.


The need to send a stronger message


At present, drivers caught holding their mobile phone while driving face six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine. However, depending upon the seriousness of the offence, motorists can be taken to court to receive larger penalties.

That said, many drivers believe the standard six points and £200 is not a sufficient deterrent to what is an extremely dangerous behaviour.

Mark Carpenter, managing director of Motorpoint, said: “The dangers of using your mobile phone while driving are well-documented, but even though the penalties for doing so have been toughened up in recent years, they don’t seem to be proving a sufficient deterrent based on recent statistics.”

Indeed, Mr Carpenter noted that even with the widespread availability of hands-free kits, many drivers are failing to recognise the risk they pose to themselves and others.

As a result, motorists themselves wish to see more being done to punish those who fail to use them.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Mobile phones should never be used when a car is in motion. The level of distraction these devices can cause is immense, so always switch it off when getting behind the wheel, for everyone’s sake.”

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