Drivers using mobile phones 'could get six point penalty'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he "wants to look at" doubling the penalty for using a mobile phone while driving.

The head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has called for the punishment to be upped from three points on a driving licence to six, meaning a driver would be banned if caught twice in the space of three years.

The Transport Secretary is giving thought to toughening penalties for using a mobile while driving. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Speaking at a lunch with journalists, Mr McLoughlin said he was considering the step in an effort to lower the "appalling" number of accidents involving drivers using mobiles.

"Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for six penalty points for the use of a mobile phone. It is an interesting suggestion, " he said.

"It is one that I would want to look at. There could be some difficulties about it but I think we have got to get the message across to people about safety.