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Steve Farrell  says:

Calls for tougher enforcement as minister warns of £90 fine for driving on the phone

Plans to increase fines for using a phone while driving need to be backed up by tougher enforcement, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Fixed penalty fines for a variety of motoring offences will rise from £60 to £90, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has indicated. The new fine will apply to using a phone while driving, whether to make...

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Pads1982

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Pads1982 says:

well done tony

Just made every sales rep job a lot easier if u can't talk to customers

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romford4

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romford4 says:

Not enough police

officers to enforce it makes it all just piss and wind as Rogerborg says.  Spondonste - I wouldn't like to lower myself to the level of being one of those people who spend their days running around waving their camera-phone everywhere until they catch some misdemeanour that they can use to attempt to embarrass or shame someone on YouTube, or grass them up to the police.  Far too many 'vigilante' cyclist arseholes already doing that on YouTube.  Lets see councils given something useful to do during the day with their expensive town centre CCTV systems... use them to catch drivers on the phone, with the fines revenue being split 50:50 between the council and central government.  I don't see a problem with incentivising the councils in this way.  Certainly beats spending taxpayers money snooping around to see who's over-filled their wheelie bin by a couple of inches!

WTF is it with having to hold and press buttons on your phone in the car anyway?... Most people who use their phones with any regularity now have Bluetooth on them.  You can buy decent main-brand hands-free Bluetooth speaker sets (clip onto the sunvisor) for £30-35 these days.  Hardly a big outlay compared to the cost of running a car or paying a £90 fine + inc. insurance premiums if caught.

 

In the meantime, help yourselves by buying a helmet-cam.  Really is the best defence when some plonker on the phone knocks you off your bike.

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tancakar

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tancakar says:

is this a joke?

is this a bloody joke ? 90£ its not a fuckingg parking ticket ! they are breaking the law for god sake ! they are not going to stop using the phone its only 90 quid till get caught ! Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin go fuck your self! how many people have to die before its a ban to use phones?  transport secretary needs to use the public transport and see the cars causing the problems by using the phone !

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tancakar

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tancakar says:

is this a joke?

is this a bloody joke ? 90£ its not a fuckingg parking ticket ! they are breaking the law for god sake ! they are not going to stop using the phone its only 90 quid till get caught ! Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin go fuck your self! how many people have to die before its a ban to use phones?  transport secretary needs to use the public transport and see the cars causing the problems by using the phone !

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blue200tdi

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blue200tdi says:

There are no police officers on the roads so just who will enforce it any way? Just another excuse to up the fines for speeding which incedently they need no police officers to enforce.

You get carved up, run off the road, no one indicates, no one knows how to negotiate a roundabout, no one bothers to be in the right lane, drivers overtake on bends and over solid white lines, they pull out in front of you, I could go on all night. Why do they do it? Because they can. As long as they are not speeding they'll not get caught doing anything dangerous, so they couldn't careless.

They can knock you off and change your life forever and they'll just aget a small fine and a few points if they are really unlucky. So if there are no officers to police other far more serious offences, who exactly will enforce some bint texting her chav mate?

Until the politicians start putting police officers back in cars on the roads then nothing will change. We also need to train car drivers how to drive properly. The test pass standard is so low it's a joke!

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CBR11X

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CBR11X says:

Is this a joke? In NSW the fine for using a phone is 300-400 dollars or about 195-260 pounds.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

It's a joke, but there's no punchline

As we've noted, decades of business-efficiency-babble (like "intelligence led policing" aka "round up the usual suspects") has led to there being very few police actually out on the streets of the UK. There are plenty of expensive specialist units sitting around polishing their backsides, but the chances of us actually encountering a constable in the wild - other than as part of Operation Speed Tax - are so low as to be negligible. It's just not a consideration any more.

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bikerpete51 says:

driving strandards decline

It's as if our country is run by clowns... No justice for anything anymore. Murder is so much an everyday occurrence, I think it's now a national pastime, so why bother about the roads. Unless you are a complete moron you can't fail to see how seriously driving standard have declined over recent years. Mobile phone use is just another symptom of the disease.  The number of drivers  who cut across both lanes at traffic islands (and it's mainly older drivers who do it) as if they are the only ones on the road.  Indicator use is now almost non-existent, in fact most motorists turning right at roundabouts don't indicate right but  put on their left indicator and then look at you with a look of bewilderment when you give them the one finger salute- they just don't know or care about the highway code.  They're saying the UK is becoming a safer place to live.  For who?

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Fines are a joke

Fines are a joke unless they are sliding scale based on income.

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tyler89

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tyler89 says:

Car tests are a joke...

My cousin managed to pass her test without being able to park a car properly. She abandoned it behind other cars to pop into the shops once because she could not park it. If this doesn't say enough about how poor the car test is these days then i dont know what does. I am fortunate to have done my bike and car test before turning 25 and I have to say that doing my bike test a number of years after my car test has made me a better driver all round. Maybe all drivers should have a refresher test after so many years...?

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