The maximum penalty for using a hand-held phone while driving has now been increased, and the driver faces a six-month suspension of their licence if they are caught using a phone at the same time as committing another traffic offence.
The decree published in the Journal officiel on May 21st outlines a list of the offences involved.
If a driver is caught using a hand-held phone at the same time as committing any of the offences below they now face suspension of the licence for a maximum of six months.
The penalty for people caught using a phone without committing any other offences remains the same – three points on the driving licence and a fine of €135.
- Failure to respect the rules of the road (eg driving on the wrong side of the road or not indicating)
- Failure to observe safe distances
- Failure to comply with traffic lights
- Crossing or touching continuous white lines on the road
- Failure to comply with overtaking rules
- Failure to obey a stop sign or give way sign
- Failure to respect the right of way for pedestrians
- Exceeding the speed limit
All the above offences carry their own penalties – find out more here.