The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for ‘better enforcement’ before penalties are increased for drivers. The Department for Transport (DfT) has outlined proposals to increase the cost of a Fixed Penalty Notice from £100 to £150 for all drivers, and the number of penalty points on an HGV drivers licence would rise from three to six.
Whilst FTA members welcome the increase in sanctions, they believe there is a definite need for better enforcement against drivers choosing to use mobiles behind the wheel. Studies reveal that drivers using hands-free or handheld mobile phones are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards. A split lapse in concentration is all that is required to cause a crash.
We’ll update our blog when we hear further!