Two-thirds (66%) of fleet operators believe fines for texting while driving should be increased, a poll by TrackCompare.co.uk has shown.
The seven-day survey was held after scientists from the Transport Research Laboratory found texting to be more dangerous than driving after a couple of drinks, talking on the phone or eating a sandwich. Asked Should fines for texting while driving be increased?, 66% said yes, 34% said no.
Kjell Anderton, a TrackCompare.co.uk director, said: “This poll got everyone’s attention, and everyone seemed to have something to say about whether fines for texting at the wheel should be increased or not. Comments included ‘Yes, too many deaths are caused because of this,’ ‘I think people should be banned – that can kill. It has killed people, people I know,’ ‘ No, fines are already ridiculous,’ ‘No, I don’t agree,’ ‘I suppose if it helps people stop doing it, then yes,’ and ‘Please don’t ask me such a stupid question.’”
The Ministry of Justice wants tougher financial penalties to clamp down on people who flout the rules - drivers who use their mobile phones while driving – which includes texting - are set to face fines of up to £4,000.
At present, the maximum penalty for this offence is capped at £1,000.