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New drivers to lose licence for using a phone behind the wheel

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Holly West-Robinson

March 1, 2017

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Last week we conducted a survey on Twitter to find out whether new drivers aged 17-25 are aware of the new penalties coming into force from 1st March for getting caught using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel.

Out of 359 entrants, 47% of 17-25-year-olds weren’t aware of the new laws that are due to come into force, whereas 53% of new drivers are fully aware of the new consequences for getting caught. Despite the fact more young drivers were aware, than those that were not, it is still worrying to think that nearly half of the young drivers aren’t clued up on what to expect – even with the broad coverage in the news over the last few weeks.

for those that don’t know

If you are one of these people that fall into this category, here’s the bottom line for the law coming into effect from 1st March 2017:

  • If you get caught using a mobile device (even if you have stopped in traffic or the car is stationary) you could incur 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine.
  • For new drivers who get caught within the first 2 years of passing their test, the penalties are mean you could be disqualified from driving completely.

Also, if you cause death whilst using your mobile behind the wheel you now face a minimum of 14 years or up to life imprisonment!

driving safely and responsibly

As a champion of young drivers, we want to make sure young people are fully aware of the consequences these actions can have, regardless of tougher laws or not. Using a mobile or any handheld device whilst driving is simply unacceptable and is a huge risk to your own safety as well as the safety of your passengers and other motorists. Marmalade’s CEO Crispin Moger had this to say on the matter last week.

“It’s clear that education about the changes to the law has not been communicated well enough and we are alerting our customers via our blog and newsletter. This is worrying as next week we will see a big change come into play for our customers. We conducted this research to ensure youngsters know the law and stick to the rules for their own safety and that of other road users.”

Crispin adds: “Those who have been driving less than two years will lose their licence if they are caught using a mobile phone which is obviously the thinking behind these new measures soon to be imposed by the Department for Transport. This no-nonsense approach is something I support, and although it will no doubt hit young people the hardest, eradicating dangerous habits from the off-set will save lives.

“The bottom line is that when we pass our driving test and get our licence we have a responsibility to drive safely whilst enjoying the freedom and independence that driving can offer.”

THINK!

When it comes to driving the thought shouldn’t even cross your mind as to whether it’s worth answering a call, text or Facebook message. That’s why the Department for Transport is launching a THINK! campaign this week to ensure everyone, regardless of their age, knows what to expect when it comes to the new laws and the repercussions it can have. Read up on their key messages to drivers here.

THINK! Put your phone away

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By Holly West-Robinson

'Hi I'm Holly and I'm a young driver based in Peterborough! I love tattoos, food, drawing and anything art related, enjoy hanging out with friends and family and making a fool of myself. I'm definitely one of the adventurous types who's always up for a good old road trip!'  See more posts by Holly

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