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Doctors call for tougher rules for drivers

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January 04, 2018

Tougher penalties are needed for new drivers who use their phones while at the wheel, the AMA says.

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australia's peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released a new position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on Thursday.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a "zero tolerance" approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

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