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Driving: Mobile Phones

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 14 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people have been prosecuted for holding a mobile telephone while driving a motor vehicle since 2003. [HL98]

Driving while using a hand-held mobile phone became a specific offence from 1 December 2003.

The figures for England and Wales show that there was one prosecution in 2003, 789 prosecutions in 2004 and 2,090 prosecutions in 2005. However, offences are also dealt with by the offer of a fixed penalty. In 2003, there were 1,888 tickets paid, in 2004 there were 73,976 tickets paid and 126,768 tickets were paid in 2005.