Use of a Mobile Phone while Driving - Review of Existing Offence and Associated Penalties

Consultation opened on 06 March 2018. Closing date 15 May 2018.


The Department is seeking your views on proposals aimed at deterring the illegal use of a mobile phone while driving.


Consultation description

It is already an offence to drive a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device and the offence is currently punishable by a fixed penalty of £60 and three penalty points. This consultation considers whether the current offence and penalties continue to represent an active deterrent. The consultation also proposes a number of longer-term legislative changes to the existing offence aimed at making the law clearer.  This will be a benefit to the police, the courts, the legal profession and very importantly, the driver.

All of the proposals outlined in the consultation ultimately aim to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads.

You are invited to access the document and respond online or alternatively you can complete the word version of the response form and return to either of the addresses below.

If you have any question on this document or attached papers, please contact us using the details provided.

Telephone: 028 9054 0822 (text relay prefix 18001)

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