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Driving using a mobile device crackdown

From Wednesday 8 March, there will be a change in policy across the Thames Valley so that the NDORS (National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme) awareness course will no longer be routinely offered as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice. Officers will use their discretion as to whether, in exceptional circumstances, a course is appropriate.
Under changes to the law, offenders using a handheld device while driving will receive a fixed penalty notice resulting in six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine. Previously, this offence had incurred three points and £100 fine. These new rukles and penalties came into force on March 1st.
They have stated however during the weeklong enforcement campaign, anybody caught driving while using their handheld phone will receive a fixed penalty notice and there will be no option to undertake an NDORS (National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme) awareness course as an alternative to prosecution.

However the best pilicy is not to use a hend hald devise while driving at any time.


  • Published: 2017-03-02 09:55:47
  • Updated: 2021-12-01 00:19:12

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