Phone driving ban penalty up to £60

And three points on your licence…

And three points on your licence…

The government is set to double the fine for driving while using a mobile phone to £60 because figures show the current penalty is failing to have an impact.

Government research shows that the number of drivers using a mobile phone while on the road has dropped by only a quarter since the ban was introduced last December.

The current on-the-spot fine is £30 although drivers contesting it after being caught face being hit with a £1,000 bill if they go to court and lose.

Now the government is expected to include proposals to double the £30 fine and add three points on offenders' driving licences in the Queen's Speech on Tuesday.

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