DRIVERS will face tough new penalties if they are caught using their mobile phone.
For drivers penalties will increase from a $289 fine and three demerit points to a fine of $433 and four demerit points.
Senior sergeant Paul Gardiner said under the new penalties green p-plate drivers can also not use their phones while driving.
“Currently P1 drivers are not allowed to use their phones full stop,” he said.
“That will be extended to green p-plate drivers. “They cannot use their phones not even hands-free.”
Sergeant Gardiner said people caught driving while using their mobile phone had been a contributing factor in Victoria's road trauma incidences.
Penalties come into effect on November 25.