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Fewer than four in 10 drivers aware of penalties for using a handheld phone

Fewer than four in 10 drivers aware of penalties for using a handheld phone

Press Releases   •   Jun 23, 2018 00:01 BST

The RAC research also looked at the reasons drivers gave for either continuing to use a handheld phone while driving, or for finally deciding to ‘hang up’ their handheld phone for good

RAC comment on remote parking

RAC comment on remote parking

News   •   May 18, 2018 11:36 BST

The Department for Transport announced updates to the Highway Code which will enable drivers to use advanced driver assistance systems like remote parking and motorway assist.

RAC comments on plans to use new cameras to catch texting drivers in New South Wales

RAC comments on plans to use new cameras to catch texting drivers in New South Wales

News   •   May 04, 2018 10:57 BST

The RAC's Be Phone Smart campaign spokesperson Rod Dennis comments on new technology that could be used to catch drivers using a mobile phone illegally

A fifth of firms say drivers in accidents due to using handheld phones at the wheel

A fifth of firms say drivers in accidents due to using handheld phones at the wheel

Press Releases   •   Mar 01, 2018 00:01 GMT

One in five (19%) UK firms say their employees have been involved in an accident while driving for work due to using a handheld phone at the wheel, according to new research*. RAC Business has revealed the findings from its survey of 1,000 UK businesses, carried out across all fleet sizes and sectors, to highlight current attitudes to handheld mobile phone use and driving for work.

RAC comments - 6,000 drivers caught at least twice for driving distracted using a handheld phone

RAC comments - 6,000 drivers caught at least twice for driving distracted using a handheld phone

News   •   Dec 28, 2017 13:03 GMT

More than 6,000 motorists have been caught at least twice for driving while distracted, including using a mobile phone, in the past four years. Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association highlight the problem of repeat offenders.

Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls by 11% after introduction of tougher penalties

Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls by 11% after introduction of tougher penalties

Press Releases   •   Dec 01, 2017 00:01 GMT

14,160 drivers were caught for the offence – which now carries a penalty of six points and a £200 fine – between March and May 2017, down from 15,861 who were stopped between December 2016 and February 2017

​Nine million habitual illegal handheld phone drivers refuse to quit

​Nine million habitual illegal handheld phone drivers refuse to quit

Press Releases   •   Sep 21, 2017 00:01 BST

New research from the RAC's Report on Motoring shines a light on some UK drivers' continued addiction to using a handheld phone

Coalition calls on mobile industry to cut driver distraction caused by phones

Coalition calls on mobile industry to cut driver distraction caused by phones

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2017 10:03 BST

Brake, the RAC's Be Phone Smart campaign and a number of other organisations sign a letter calling on mobile phone OS companies to bring in a standard 'drive safe' mode

RAC comment on DfT attitude survey on transport and mobile phone use at the wheel

RAC comment on DfT attitude survey on transport and mobile phone use at the wheel

News   •   Aug 29, 2017 14:28 BST

The Department of Transport has published its British Social Attitudes Survey 2016: public attitudes to transport highlighting concerns about mobile phone use at the wheel.

Only three in five drivers who use a handheld phone say causing an accident would make them kick the habit

Only three in five drivers who use a handheld phone say causing an accident would make them kick the habit

Press Releases   •   Jul 10, 2017 00:01 BST

New research for the RAC's Be Phone Smart campaign shines a light on what would motivate drivers to give up using a handheld phone for good

Be Phone Smart campaign welcomes new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature for iOS

Be Phone Smart campaign welcomes new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature for iOS

News   •   Jun 06, 2017 13:06 BST

The road safety campaign that encourages responsible mobile phone use by drivers welcomes news from Apple of a new feature due this autumn

RAC calls on drivers to Be Phone Smart as mobile law gets tougher

RAC calls on drivers to Be Phone Smart as mobile law gets tougher

Press Releases   •   Mar 01, 2017 00:01 GMT

UK drivers urged to make an online pledge to stick to the law and not use a handheld phone while driving

Majority of drivers caught using a mobile phone illegally given educational courses

Majority of drivers caught using a mobile phone illegally given educational courses

News   •   Feb 03, 2017 12:53 GMT

New data shows educational courses are a popular option for motorists, but the Government has said they will not be an option from 1 March 2017

Your New Year’s resolution: stop using your handheld phone at the wheel

Your New Year’s resolution: stop using your handheld phone at the wheel

Press Releases   •   Dec 30, 2016 11:49 GMT

​The RAC is urging motorists to make it their New Year’s resolution to stop using a handheld mobile phone while driving.

RAC comments on calls for a 'drive safe' mode on mobile phones

RAC comments on calls for a 'drive safe' mode on mobile phones

News   •   Dec 19, 2016 15:57 GMT

The RAC's road safety spokesman reacts to reports that the Government is to discuss the problem of illegal phone use while driving with mobile phone companies

RAC reacts to National Police Chiefs' Council "community spotters" scheme to target mobile phone use at the wheel

RAC reacts to National Police Chiefs' Council "community spotters" scheme to target mobile phone use at the wheel

News   •   Nov 15, 2016 10:36 GMT

While using "community spotters" to tackle repeat offenders is an unusual initiative, desperate times call for desperate measures

RAC reacts to immediate points and fine proposals for drivers caught using a handheld phone

RAC reacts to immediate points and fine proposals for drivers caught using a handheld phone

News   •   Nov 08, 2016 11:06 GMT

The RAC's road safety spokesman comments on the Government's response to the consultation on tougher penalties for those caught using a handheld phone while driving

RAC reacts to figures that show 10,000 drivers have been caught twice for being distracted at the wheel

RAC reacts to figures that show 10,000 drivers have been caught twice for being distracted at the wheel

News   •   Nov 03, 2016 13:37 GMT

Shocking figures, including mobile phone use, reveal scale of the task to reverse relaxed attitudes of persistent offenders

RAC: "Concerted, sustained effort needed from government, police and motorists" to end phone use epidemic

RAC: "Concerted, sustained effort needed from government, police and motorists" to end phone use epidemic

News   •   Oct 31, 2016 16:58 GMT

The RAC's road safety spokesman reflects on today's sentencing of a driver caught using a handheld device while driving

RAC: New data "lays bare the scale of the country's handheld mobile phone epidemic"

RAC: New data "lays bare the scale of the country's handheld mobile phone epidemic"

News   •   Oct 27, 2016 11:47 BST

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams reacts to ​data released this morning that shows far fewer fixed penalty notices being issued in 2015 to drivers illegally using a phone at the wheel