Doctors call for tougher rules for drivers

January 04, 2018

Tougher penalties are needed for new drivers who use their phones while at the wheel, the AMA says.

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australia's peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released a new position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on Thursday.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a "zero tolerance" approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

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