On 1 March this year, the Government introduced new measures on motorists found using their mobile phones while driving. The latest legislation means that drivers now face a £200 fine and six points on their licence if they are caught – which is double the previous penalty.
Mobile phones are a huge distraction to drivers and the consequences of their use behind the wheel can, of course, be much more severe than just a Government-enforced fine. However, new figures show that many drivers are still using hand-held devices while on the road.
The Independent reported that Freedom of Information requests have revealed almost 6,000 motorists were penalised in the month following the latest police clampdown. This equates to around one every seven minutes.
With an increase in mobile working, it’s likely that many mobile phone users are, in fact, working on the move – from quick check-in calls with colleagues to hosting conference calls.
Building guidelines on mobile phone use into your overall mobile use policy can address this – ensuring employees not only stay legal, but stay safe.
Options that we’ve seen companies use in such policies have included:
To conclude, the new rules to take into consideration are: