Many drivers still in the dark over law changes for driving whilst using your phone

Young driver using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel

Posted by We Are Marmalade on 24 February 2017

A survey amongst UK drivers by Marmalade, the leading provider of cars and insurance for 17-24-year-olds, has revealed that just under half of all drivers do not know that they could be issued increased fines and penalty points for using their phone behind the wheel1. From March 1st anyone caught using their phone behind the wheel will be issued with six points and a £200 fine, increasing from three points and a £100.

This change will most affect drivers within their first two years of driving as maximum points on their licence are capped at six, instead of the normal twelve, and so they could be banned for this offence. Nearly half (47%) of drivers under the age of 25 are not aware of this dramatic change to the law, compared with 38% of drivers over the age of 25.

Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, says: “It’s clear that education about the changes to the law has not been communicated well enough and we have alerted our customers via our blog and it will also be in 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.”

Read more about how the new law around mobile phone usage while driving could affect you by reading our blog - https://www.wearemarmalade.co.uk/blog/young-drivers-will-be-disqualified-from-driving-for-using-a-mobile-phone.