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Changes in Sentencing for Mobile Phone Offences

Feb 13, 2017
As of 1st March 2017 the penalty points imposed for an offence of using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving will be subject to a significant increase.  

Section 41D(b) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving in contravention of the construction and use requirements. Under Regulation 110 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 a person may not use a hand-held mobile telephone or other hand-held interactive communication device, while driving.

The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2017 amends Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 to provide that offence will now carry six points, instead of three points under the current legislation. 

Drivers who accumulate 12 or more penalty points within a three year period are subject to a minimum disqualification for a period of six months.
 


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