Using a handheld mobile phone while driving is to be made illegal.
Ministers say the new offence is to take effect from 1 December this year, with offenders fined £30 initially - rising to a maximum £1,000 if their case goes to court.
Those caught breaking the ban would also get three penalty points on their driving licences for each offence.
Under current laws motorists can only be prosecuted for using mobiles if they fail to keep proper control of their vehicle - there is no actual law specifically prohibiting the use of mobiles while driving.
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