Cops get tough on chatty motorists

There's no excuse anyway but from Tuesday there will really be no valid yeah-but-no-but- yeah protests for using a handheld mobile at the wheel. That'

There's no excuse anyway but from Tuesday there will really be no valid yeah-but-no-but- yeah protests for using a handheld mobile at the wheel. That's because, three years after the ban first came into force, the punishment is being doubled to a £60 fine, with three points dropped on top for good measure.Which should be a rude awakening to the UK's 30 million or so drivers, most of whom seem to treat the road as a good place to chat on their mobiles.So to avoid shelling out, and having some explaining to do to your insurance company, make sure you bag yourself a car kit. A simple wire for the cheapskates (as long as you don't hold the phone while you talk) or may we suggest a Bluetooth car kit, that does away with digging out the phone to answer a call.Moto's touting its T305 (pictured) with built in loudspeaker and handy car visor clip. A Jabra SP500, Nokia HF-33W or Parrot Easydrive – which has external controls and mic – will do nicely too.

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