Motorists unaware of law changes this week for driving using a mobile
From Wednesday (1 March), drivers caught using their phone will receive six penalty points and a £200 fine rather than the previous three penalty points and £100 fine.
However, over half of drivers (54%) surveyed by the Co-op don’t believe the change will be enough to deter motorists from using their phones illegally.
Of those who don’t believe the increases go far enough, 79% think further increases to both penalty points and fines are necessary to make a positive change in driver behaviour.
Over two thirds (67%) believe offenders should be banned from driving for using their phones.
Some 13% think the fine needs to be increased, with 27% believing it should be £,1000 or more. Seven per cent think the number of penalty points needs to be increased.
More positively, a quarter believe their driving habits will change for the better as a result of the law change with it deterring them from using their phones.
Over a quarter of drivers questioned still admit to using their mobile phone behind the wheel. The main use is to make or receive calls and to use their device as a sat nav to search for a destination when they are lost.
James Hillon, head of products at Co-op Insurance, said: “Whilst is can be tempting to take that call or check that text, using a mobile phone whilst driving is dangerous and can seriously impact a motorist’s ability to drive safely, which is why it is illegal.”