Don’t Put Your Licence at Risk, Turn Off Your Phone

On 1 March 2017 the penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of a car will be increasing to 6 points and a £200 fine.

This increase in points means that if you are a driver who has held their licence for less than two years, being caught on your phone JUST ONCE will result in your licence being revoked by the DVLA. To get your licence back you will need to retake and pass both parts of the driving test, resulting in considerable expense, and time off the road. Additionally your new licence will still show the 6 points, which will have an impact on the insurance premium you have to pay.

Experienced drivers are not immune to the consequences of the change in the law either. Most insurance companies request details of any driving convictions that you've received in the past five years, and it's illegal to withhold any such information.

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2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards

The nomination process for the 2017 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards has now opened, with entries invited in five different categories.

Now in their third year, the awards are sponsored by Road Safety Support (RSS) and will once again be presented at the Young Driver Focus event in London in April 2017.

FirstCar conceived and launched the awards scheme in 2015 to recognise the work of road safety professionals in seeking to reduce casualties among young drivers.

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Backless Booster Seat Confusion

Many parents may be confused by the news that booster cushion regulations may change soon - possibly this March.

Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales, explains the current situation: "Any changes will only apply to new backless booster seats (booster cushions) entering the market, not ones which are already in use and meet existing safety standards."

“Parents, carers and professionals working with children, who currently use a booster cushion that complies with the existing regulations will not be breaking the law if they continue to use them after the rule change. You will not be required to buy a replacement booster seat to meet this change.”

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