A poll has found that almost two-thirds of drivers are unaware of the punishment for using mobile phones at the wheel, morethan a year after tougher laws were introduced.
The RAC found only 36% of the 2,000 UK motorists quizzed knew offenders face six penalty points and a £200 fine. Almost 41% believed more visible law enforcement is needed, and 22% advocated stronger penalties.
The punishment was doubled from three penalty points and £100 last year. As a result this made it enough to ban those with less than two years' experience. These offenders have to retake both the theory and practical parts of the driving test to get back behind the wheel. The new rules apply in England, Scotland and Wales.