If I am caught using my mobile phone at the wheel, will this result in my licence being revoked?

Using your mobile phone at the wheel is a big no go in the eyes of the law, and motorists need to be made aware that the penalties for mobile phone misuse are serious. Talking on your phone via its handsfree function or using the phone safely as a means of navigation, are the only things that are considered acceptable.

So, what happens to my licence if I break the rules?

If the police catch you using your mobile phone while driving, then they will give you a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence.

For established drivers, those who held their licence for two years or more, this means that you will rack up half of the points you are allowed before your licence is taken away. So it is serious. Motorists can acquire up to 12 penalty points over the course of three years, for offences such as speeding, mobile phone infractions and so on. These are often coupled with a fine so it can be a costly exercise too.

If you’re a new driver, then you risk losing your licence all together for using your phone, even if it is your first offence. For those who have held their licence for under two years, receiving six penalty points means your licence can be revoked and you’re back to square one. Public transport and lifts from friends will become your reality again until you are eligible to have your licence back.

Depending on the severity of the offence, it could be much worse

In extreme cases, where police feel that you use of a mobile phone is completely unacceptable, you could even risk being taken to court. If this happens, the maximum fine is significantly higher – you could be fined up to £2,000.

It’s very easy to avoid the risk of fines, penalty points and disqualification – don’t think about using your mobile phone while driving. Keep it out of sight and out of mind until you have reached your destination.