Illegal use of hand held mobile phones

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-10-15
Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2293
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A constituent has asked the following question: 'As the new Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority I should like to ask what pro-active measures are being taken by Borough Commanders to crack down on the illegal use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers.

This is an increasing hazard for law-abiding road users and I have asked the Hillingdon Borough Commander via the MPS website and been told no statistics exist for Hillingdon alone - they are collected London-wide. I suspect that very little action is being taken.

Answer

Answer for Illegal use of hand held mobile phones

Answer for Illegal use of hand held mobile phones

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS does take enforcement action against illegal use of hand-held phones whilst driving. In 2007 29,470 fixed penalty notices were issued by the MPS for the offence of driving a vehicle whilst using a mobile hand-held device, of these 806 were issued in the London Borough of Hillingdon. So far this year 21,903 fixed penalty notices have been issued, of which 818 were in Hillingdon. The MPA is currently developing policing priorities for 2009/10 and initial scoping has identified that anti-social driving and road safety were rated as a top priority by the public in the MPS public attitude survey, TfL Community Safety Plan and the City of London's community strategy. There is also scope within the borough CDRP plans and with transport local implementation plans to identify illegal use of hand-helds whilst driving as a local priority.