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Mobile Phone Use While Driving (1218A/23)


How many motorists have received driving bans or penalty points after being caught using a mobile phone at the wheel in the past five years?

Please could this information be broken down by year i.e. by 12 months periods between 2018 to 2023 in whichever way is most convenient (Jan-Dec or April to April if that’s how figures are collected)


See following table. Please note however, court outcomes are not fed back into our force systems and therefore we are unable to provide information regarding prosecutions that resulted in driving bans. Instead this information will be held by the Courts/DVLA and you may wish to make a request to those bodies for this supplementary information.

Table – Motorists dealt with for offences of using a mobile phone while driving:

Year Prosecuted Cancelled Paid / Licence Endorsed Retraining Course Attended and Completed Total
2018 379 120 645 92 1,236
2019 292 136 529 116 1,073
2020 137 29 205 4 375
2021 83 34 105 3 225
2022 151 95 224 161 631

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

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