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Bigger phone penalty already in full swing

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Yesterday was the first day of the new, harsher penalties for being caught using a phone at the wheel.

Now, you'll get a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence - enough to mean an automatic revocation of your licence if you've been driving less than 2 years.

And that's exactly what happened. The papers this morning were full of stories about young drivers being caught and realising the massive impact it's going to have on their life.

It's already happening

By 4pm yesterday, we'd had our first frantic comment on the Young Driver's Guide. A girl whose boyfriend had just been caught using his phone - within his first 2 years on the road. His well-paying job depends on him being able to drive, and she wanted to know if there's any way to avoid him losing his licence.

There isn't. Once you've accepted the points the police give you, that's that. And if you don't accept them...you're probably looking at a trip down town and a court appearance.

BIG PICTURE

If you get 6 points in your first 2 years as a driver, you have to go back to the beginning. You have to apply for another provisional licence. You have to take another theory test, another practical test.

Now, no one should be using their phone while they're driving. But if you have to drive to get to work or as part of your job, why on this great green earth would you risk it?


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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