Plans to double the penalty for motorists caught using their mobile phone at the wheel have been welcomed by a Tayside road safety chief.
UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has launched a new crackdown on the offence which was linked to 23 deaths on the roads last year.
Drivers who are caught using their phone behind the wheel are currently given three penalty points and a 100 fine.
Under the planned changes, six penalty points would be dished out to motorists caught calling or texting while driving and the department is also considering raising fines to 150.
The proposals mean that a driver could be banned from the roads if they commit two mobile-related offences over three years.
A newly-qualified driver could also receive a ban after just one offence as it would take them over the limit of six penalty points.
Martin Tait, group manager of Tayside Fire and Rescue and chair of the Dundee Road Safety Forum, backed the plans.
He said: “I would certainly welcome it. The number of people you see texting, calling or using their mobile phone behind the wheel is unbelievable.
“There is no way that you can pay attention to what is happening around you.
“Nothing can be that important that you can’t wait until you pull over in a safe place or arrive at your destination.
“It is already an offence as it is, but there are still a lot of people using their phones and the Government is now addressing the issue.
“I would hope that this would have the impact that they are looking for and will deter people from using mobile phones behind the wheel in future.”
Civil servants are currently working on the legislation but it is unlikely to be introduced until after the next election.
Some critics have claimed that increasing penalties do not work as a deterrent to motorists.
However, Mr Tait believes that the possibility of a ban after just two offences will make drivers think twice about picking up their phones on the road.