Starting 1 March 2017, the United Kingdom government enforced a new regulation that could see drivers losing their driving license if they were caught using their phones while driving.
This move sees offenders losing the chance to opt for remedial driving courses. With the new regulation in place, first time offenders will see 6 points added to their driving license, which is effectively double the old amount. Additionally, offenders will be slapped with a £200 (RM1,100) fine, twice from before.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the laws were proposed because she wanted the act of using phone while driving to be socially unacceptable. The number of drivers caught whilst using their phone while driving has seen a sharp 84% drop since 2011.
Plans for zero-tolerance law was introduced at the end of 2016, after a lorry driver crashed into a family of four, killing them while using his phone. The accident happened on the A34 in October 2016.