Motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving should receive six penalty points on their licences to prevent people from consistently flouting the rules.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe indicated that he believed the current punishment is not enough as too many people still risk using their devices.
Figures compiled by road safety charity and Direct Line last month found that 48 per cent of respondents in its survey stated they consistently drive and use their mobile phone at the same time.
Asked during a live webchat why people seemed to still be getting away with using mobile phones, Mr Hogan-Howe replied by stating that motorists do not get away with it but are happy to take the fine.
"That would mean a second offence would lead to them being banned and I believe this would change driving behaviour and improve safety,” he added.
Posted by Claire Marshall