Article By Tarquin Philo, Business Centre Manager, Read Hyundai

If you use your mobile phone while driving, you'll face a £200 fine and six penalty points if caught under new proposals announced by the Government.

The new punishment, expected to come into force next year, calls for a £100 fine and three penalty points, and is designed to deter drivers who use their mobile phones behind the wheel.

If drivers accrue 12 points they will have to go to court and face fines of up to £1000 and a minimum driving ban of six months. New drivers face having their licences revoked if they amass six points within their first two years of driving - that's halved from the 12 point limit of today. Those drivers who do lose their licences will have to re-take both the theory and practical elements of the driving test.

The announcement comes just days after research showed more than 11 million motorists admitted using their phones while driving in the past year, 7% of these saying they did so because they knew they would get away with it.