Motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving should receive six penalty points to deter them from flouting the law, according to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (Telegraph).
Bernard Hogan-Howe says that the current punishment of three penalty points and a £60 fine is not a strong enough deterrent for drivers. By increasing the punishment to six points, drivers would be banned from the road if they were caught twice for the offence within three years.
Writing on the Met Police website, the commissioner said this would make drivers take the law on driving while on the phone more seriously, and improve road safety.
Asked during a live webchat why so many people still seemed to be getting away with using mobile phones behind the wheel, Mr Hogan-Howe replied: “Many people do not get away with it and get a fine and three points on their licence.
“I would like to see them receive six points in the future. That would mean a second offence would lead to them being banned and I believe this would change driving behaviour and improve safety.”
Mike Penning, the road safety minister, said: “The vast majority of drivers know that they should not use a mobile while driving. To ensure that the penalty for using a mobile at the wheel acts as an effective deterrent to drivers, we are increasing the fine for the offence from £60 to between £80 and £100 later this year.”
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