Will six points and a £200 fine stop drivers from using handheld mobiles behind the wheel?
Well this is what the government are implementing from early 2017. This change in law came about following the announcement made by the RAC in their ‘Report on Motoring: 2016’.
In the report it was identified 46% of people admitted to checking texts, emails or social media while driving, and the RAC feel this penalty increase will help stop drivers being tempted to use their phones behind the wheel.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Increasing the fine from £100 to £200 and doubling the penalty points from three to six will help to deter people from doing it in the first place”.
Driving is the most dangerous work activity most people do according to the ROSPA with results showing 150 people are killed or seriously injured every week whilst driving for work.
Supplying drivers with mobiles does have benefits, especially when those drivers are lone workers. However, supplying drivers with hands-free devices may result in Health and Safety failings if an accident occurs and the outcome is conclusive the driver was using a handheld device.
As an employer it is your responsibility and duty of care to ensure your drivers understand the clear guidelines in relation to the use of phones whilst driving, this should be portrayed in your Driver Handbook. Making sure your drivers recognise that the use of phones whilst driving is prohibited and to return calls and messages when stopped in a safe place is not only safe for them but also safe for other drivers and pedestrians.
If you have any concerns or require any advice Agility Fleet can assist you. We can also provide you with a bespoke driver handbook or templates dependent on your needs.