Q&A Session to be Held on New Traffic Legislation

Members of the public are invited to pose their questions to a traffic officer following the introduction of new penalties for driving whilst using a ...

1 ..... mobile phone and new legislation on child car restraints.

A web chat will take place between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesday 7th March with Inspector Phil Grieves from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.

Under new laws introduced this week, drivers caught using their mobile phones will now be subject to a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

The new legislation could have a huge effect on new drivers in their probationary period. The probationary period for someone who has just passed their driving test is two years. In this time if a new driver receives six points their licence will be revoked.

It is hoped the new legislation will deter drivers from using any kind of electronic device at the wheel which will distract them from driving.

Under new legislation on child car seats which was also introduced recently, new models of backless booster seats will be approved for older children. All children must use the correct child car seat when travelling in a car until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.

The new rules state that booster seats or booster cushions will only be approved for use by children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Currently children as young as 3, or 15kg, are able to use a backless booster seat.

Inspector Phil Grieves said: “It is important that we highlight this new legislation and that it is understood by members of the public so if anyone has any questions about any part of it then I would encourage them to ask us during the web chat.”

A national campaign which highlights the introduction of the new penalties on driving whilst using a mobile phone is continuing.

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