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A tale of two Countries

Monkey say, monkey no do.

Labour in Scotland

Since 2007, drivers spotted using hand-held mobile phones behind the wheel have been fined £60 and had three penalty points added to their licence. The figures, obtained through freedom of information, show seven of Scotland’s eight police forces issued 51,604 fixed penalties to drivers using their phones – enough points to ban 12,901 motorists.

Only Northern Constabulary refused to provide figures, saying it would cost too much to collate them.

Between February 2007 and November this year, Tayside Police caught 3,888 motorists either talking on the phone or using it to send text messages. A total of 3,714 fixed penalties were issued by Grampian Police over the same period, including more than 1,000 in the past year.

Fife dished out 3,030 notices, Central Scotland Police punished 3,086 motorists and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary caught 2,226 people in the act.

Labour’s shadow justice secretary and north-east MSP Richard Baker called on the Scottish and UK Governments to “get tough”. He said: “These are shocking figures and they underline the fact that new punishments need to be looked at. People have not been listening to the warnings. These penalties have been in place for almost three years, yet the message does not appear to be getting through.

What Labour Ministers do in England

Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman has been fined £350 after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.

She reversed into a parked car in Camberwell, south London, last July, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

A second charge of driving while using a mobile phone was withdrawn.

Ms Harman, who did not attend the hearing, said she “fully” accepted the judgement. She had three points added to her driving licence.

The Camberwell and Peckham MP, who was at a cabinet meeting in Downing Street at the time of the hearing, was also ordered to pay £75 costs and a £15 “victim surcharge”.


After all, the job of a Minister is to send the right message.

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