Road safety lobbyist Brake has called for a ban on all mobile phone use while driving, including hands-free calls. The campaign group has also called for the fines for those caught calling or texting behind the wheel to be increased from £100 to between £500-£1000.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “More and more of us have smartphones, and find it hard to switch off, even for a minute. While there are enormous benefits to this new technology, it’s also posing dangerous temptations to drivers to divert their concentration away from the critical task at hand.

“We are also calling on the Government to do more to tackle driver distraction, by extending the ban to hands-free phones at the wheel, and further upping fines for the potentially deadly offence of driving distracted.”