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HGV drivers would receive six penalty points and a Â£150 fine if they are caught using theirÂ mobile phones while driving under new government proposals, meaning they could lose their licences if they are caught just twice in three years.
The proposals, set out as part of the government’s Road Safety Plan, are aimed at targeting repeat offenders.
A government spokesperson said that “The larger increase in the penalty points proposed for HGV drivers reflects the fact that accidents involving large vehicles can be much more severe”.
“Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives – I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt. said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. He continued;
“The message is clear: keep your hands on the wheel, not your phone. If you keep taking calls while at the wheel, you could end up being banned from the road.”
It was reported that mobile phone use was a contributing factor in 21 fatal accidents and 84 serious accidents in 2014, the government said.
Cheif Constable Suzette Davenport said “the police are unequivocal in our determination to keep the roads safe and support the introduction of more serious penalties for reckless drivers who use mobile phones”
The RAC’s chief engineer, David Bizley, commented: “There is still a surprising number of motorists who think it is acceptable to take a short call with a hand-held mobile whilst driving – it isn’t, and is a real danger. Our report on motoring this year showed motorists are increasingly worried about other drivers being distracted by mobile phones whilst at the wheel.
“The majority of drivers will welcome the proposals.” Edmund King, president of the AA, said “This epidemic of hand-held mobile phone use while driving has already cost lives. Three quarters of drivers see others using mobile phones on some or most journeys, with one quarter seeing it on every journey, according to our polls,” he added.
Cellcontrol fully supports the governments proposals to help keep all our road users safe and encourages fleet operators and their drivers to read blogs that provide information and advice on how to avoid distractions when driving and to adopt policies and technologies that promote and enforce better driving behaviour.