New mobile phone points will not go far enough, says brother of cyclist killed by texting driver – Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Martin told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I greet it with enthusiasm that they have begun the process but I don’t really think it is enough what they have proposed.Â
“I don’t really see that a fine is really going to stop everybody because if you’re absolutely loaded Â£200 is nothing, Â£1,000 is nothing if you’re driving round in a fancy Aston Martin.”
Mr Martin believes drivers should have their licences taken away. He also suggested thatÂ driver awareness courses should be available to people before an offence is committed.
But Stephen Hammond, the former parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, said he thought the move was a “good start” for the Government.Â
“Six points is a real statement when you look at sentencing, I think it is a really good start,” he said.Â
He added that several things needed to happen to ensure motorists who breached the law wereÂ caught.
“We need the police to be standing up and saying ‘we treat this seriously and we will prioritise it’ and we need a public education campaign,” he said.Â
Earlier in the programme,Â Louise Ellman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, said increased penalties were important as they showed the significance of the offence, which can result in death or serious injury.Â
Describing the change as a “step in the right direction”, she said research would continue to see whether penalties needed to be extended to stop people using other methods to talk.Â
The proposed move has been described as “radical” by some experts.
Edmund King, president of theÂ AA motoring organisation, Â said: “One text and you’re out… if we are to change the attitudes of young drivers maybe it has to be that harsh.”