So what’s in the new measures and what is the punishment for ignoring these regulations? Here we are:-
- From 27 June 2007 car drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone will be liable to receive three penalty points and a maximum fine of £1000.
- For goods vehicle drivers the maximum fine is £2,500.
- Drivers who fail to wear a seat belt and drivers who fail to ensure that child passengers use seat belts or child restraints will also be liable to receive penalty points.
That last point is really interesting. I’ve lost count of the number of people who say of their child, “He/she won’t stay in their car seat!” My reply of, “Well, the car shouldn’t be moving, then should it?” is usually not too well received. Now that this will cost drivers penalty points maybe more people will take note.
““Almost all road deaths and injuries are preventable and most are caused by the behaviour of road users. These new penalties will send out a clear message to road users that I intend clamping down on irresponsible drivers who think they can ignore the law and put lives at risk.”
So .. more power to your elbow on this one, Arlene.
Oh… we’d all need to remember that even being on the phone when stuck in traffic or sitting at the lights is also going to cost us £1000.
Anybody out there disagree/agree?