Hundreds of new drivers have been given automatic bans for using their mobile phones at the wheel, under tougher laws introduced this year.
In March, the punishment for driving while on the phone was doubled to six penalty points – enough to ban those with less than two years experience.
Figures obtained by Radio 5 live reveal 290 new UK drivers were disqualified in the first six months since the change.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said the figures were sad to see.
The new rules about phone use apply in England, Scotland and Wales.
Drivers who get six points within two years of passing their test automatically lose their licence.
To get back behind the wheel, they have to retake both the theory and practical parts of the driving test.
‘Throw it all away’
The RAC’s Mr Williams said: “These people have spent hours and hours and hundreds of pounds learning to drive …