Car drivers caught using their mobile phones should lose their licence on the second offence, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said.
Questioned on Thursday by the London Assembly about the Met’s work to reduce car-related deaths and injuries, Sir Bernard said the three penalty points currently incurred for the offence was too low.
The Commissioner said current rules meant drivers got “three chances” to change their behaviour and suggested this was too generous.
He told Assembly Members “if it were up to me” the penalty would increase to six points for each offence.
Drivers who build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years can be disqualified.
The Commissioner also told AMs that traffic cops were “good value for money” and that he was hoping to “squeeze a few more into traffic”.
Such a move would reverse a downwards trend in the number of officers assigned to traffic duties in recent years. Officer numbers fell from 681 in 2010/11 to 628.5 in 2012/13.
Speaking after the meeting, Assembly Member Jenny Jones said: “I welcome that road safety is being taken seriously by the police and that cuts to staffing are being reversed.”