It was announced over the weekend that Drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone, will get six points on their licence and a £200 fine.
Under new rules, which will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, more experienced drivers caught breaking the rules twice, could also be fined up to £1,000 and face at least a six-month driving ban.
Meanwhile, newly qualified drivers could be made to retake their test the first time they are caught.
The increased penalty makes it more likely that a driver who already has points on their licence could be banned for a single offence – or take them over your own company’s policy limits. The change makes it more important than ever for employers to have a rigorous system in place for checking their drivers’ licences.
The penalties, which will increase from three penalty points and a £100 fine, are expected to be introduced in the first half of 2017.
By using a system such as dh Licence Check, businesses can check the status of each driver’s licence in real time. This means you can always be in the know about drivers who may not have disclosed their penalties as they receive them. In addition regular automated checks mean you save valuable time and money by automatically carrying out the required checks via the DVLA on time, every time, creating an auditable online record – thus providing you with complete piece of mind.
Just enter your email and/or your phone number and we'll get right back to you. Or call us on 01274 511 511.