300 fines a day for using smartphone while driving
According to figures given by Jan Jambon (N-VA), Minister of the Interior, in 2016, a total of 108.500 fines were issued for using smartphones at the steering wheel, which means 300 infringements a day. MP Jef Van Den Bergh (CD&V) asked for these figures.
Also cyclists are involved
Of the total number of fines issued, more than half (58,012) went to drivers of passenger cars, while about a quarter of offenders (25.442) were riding vans. Truck drivers got caught 7.025 times and bus drivers were fined 425 times.
“It is interesting to see that more cyclists were caught while using their mobile phones”, says Van den Bergh. “Only 836 of them were fined, but the number of penalties has increased, compared to previous years.”
Amendment of the law
Van den Bergh believes the statistics for using a mobile phone while driving remains stable compared to 2015 and the numbers also stayed stable last year. During the first six months of this year the federal police already fined 52.528 drivers for this infringement.
In order to change this situation, the Member of the Parliament asks to change the law. “More efficient enforcement is necessary, but it remains difficult to catch drivers red-handed. Dash cams might be a solution, but it requires an amendment of the law. This is in the competence of Minister for Mobility, François Bellot (MR). Van den Bergh asks him to act quickly.