I have just read the article about people using mobile phones while driving (23 November).
As a driving instructor I spend most of the day on the road, and I have witnessed a catalogue of driving faults caused by the driver’s attention being more on the phone than on the road.
The problem is that most drivers have an over-inflated opinion of their own driving skills, gauged mainly on their ability to manoeuvre the car while holding a mobile phone. The real issue is the total lack of concentration which is required safely to navigate the roads of today.
As your report intimated, three penalty points and a £60 fine is totally inadequate.
The lack of concentration is akin to that occasioned by alcohol, and that is not tolerated by the majority of the general public.
I would propose that an offender’s licence be revoked as soon as they are caught with a mobile phone.
A year later they could be eligible to apply for a provisional driving licence.
They could then sit the theory test, which forms part of the driving test. If they pass they would become eligible to sit the driving test.