As of March 1st 2017 the government brought out a trio of new motoring laws. What are they? And what does this mean for drivers? Let us break it down for you.
Using mobile phones behind the wheel
We all know that it’s illegal to use our mobile phones whilst driving, however due to the high number of people being caught using phones, officials have been forced to increase the penalties.
The new legislation means that anyone who is caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel of a vehicle will receive a minimum of six points on their licence and a £200 fine, double the previous penalties. As well as that, drivers caught will not be given the opportunity to complete a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme as an alternative to receiving points on their licence.
New drivers listen up! Anyone who gets caught within two years of passing their test, now also run the risk of having their licence revoked, if found guilty of using a phone whilst driving.
Using any internet device behind the wheel
Police have reported an increasing number of people using social media channels and even live streaming whilst behind the wheel of a car! Apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube are part of our daily lives now, but seriously, wait until you get to your destination to update your followers!
Therefore, the new legislation that’s been brought in also applies to any phone, tablet, computer or any device that is able to access the internet, and the penalties are the same for anyone caught using a phone whilst driving. That’s six points on your licence and a £200 fine.
It’s important to note that this also applies when the driver is sitting stationary, for example in a traffic jam, stopped at junction or at traffic light.
So basically, don’t touch your phone until you are safely parked, with your engine off. It’s not safe and definitely not worth it!
Changes to car seat laws
There have also been some recent changes to child car seat laws, manufacturers will now not be allowed to produce backless booster seats for children that weight under 3st 6.5lb (22kg/51lbs) and are taller than 4ft 1in (125cm). This means that if you’re looking to buy a booster seat for your child, you will need to check their weight to make sure that they don’t need a high-backed child seat.