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Drivers caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will face a £4,000 fine under Government plans to toughen penalties for road offences.
Ministers intend to give Magistrates greater powers to punish motorists who check their text messages or make calls while driving.
The rise in the fine limit is part of a wider package designed to punish drivers caught speeding on dual carriageways, and do not pay due attention on the road.
However, insurance and motoring companies have accused the Government of producing "draconian" legislation which will put drivers off contesting unfair fines.
The head of a motoring activist group has condemned plans to raise motorway speeding fines to £10,000 and claimed it showed that the government viewed motorists as "a soft touch."
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation have questioned government proposals to raise the maximum motorway speeding fine to £10,000.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "This seems such a wholesale change to the system so you have to ask what was going so badly wrong before?
"Ironically we know that speeding offences have declined over recent years and just last week the Department for Transport confirmed that even after taking congestion out of the equation recorded traffic speeds have been dropping for a decade on most types of roads.”
The Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said new rules would allow magistrates to impose unlimited fines for the first time, as he also announced that the maximum motorway speeding fine could rise to £10,000.
The maximum motorway speeding penalty will rise to £10,000 under government plans to increase fine levels in magistrates' courts by 400%.
The proposed changes will also allow judges to impose unlimited fines for the first time where there is currently a maximum of £5,000.