Using Mobile Phones when driving

Using a “handheld mobile phone” while driving is illegal. It has been since 2003.

From 1 March 2017 the penalties for holding and using your phone while driving have increased.

It’s now 6 points and £200.

It is not illegal to use hands free, but any time a driver’s attention is not on the road can be dangerous.

Advice to keep it simple:
– Keep your mobile phone in a cradle or glove box

– You can’t touch the phone if it’s in a cradle, even if you stop at lights and even if your parked up with the engine on

– If you want to use the sat nav on a mobile or plug the charger in. You must set it up before keys are in the ignition and don’t touch it once engine is on

– You can’t scroll for tracks on your mobile while driving so have your playlist set up before entering the car

– Handheld mobile phone can only be used if your parked up safely with engine off and keys out of ignition (Wireless keys – engine off)

You can use a mobile phone via built in-car technology like Bluetooth.

– You can’t use headphones

– You can’t move your phone while the engine is on

– Rules apply to PDAs also

– 2.5 deaths a week due to a driver using a mobile phone

– No verbal warnings

The facts

  • Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

The Law

  • It’s illegal to hold a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
  • You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.
  • If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200.
  • Using hands free is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.

In other words, if you are behind the wheel of a car with the engine on, in a public highway this legislation applies to you…… Drive responsibly