The use of a mobile phone when driving is now illegal. The UK government recently changed laws to come down harder on those that use a mobile phone when driving. This new law is aimed at reducing the number of casualties and fatalities caused by avoidable road traffic collisions.
If you are found guilty of using a mobile phone behind the wheel of any vehicle, you will now receive the following as a result. A full £200 fine, 6-points added to your licence and if found guilty, you may even have to make a court appearance and could even lose your driving licence completely.
To avoid this punishment, we advise keeping your phone out of sight. The old expression, “out of sight, out of mind” couldn’t speak truer here. Have you mobile phone on silent or switched off and place it in the glove compartment to be safe.
Typically those that use their phone at the wheel tend to be taxi drivers and newly passed teenagers. These errors in judgement can often lead to serious collisions with those that are trailer training and towing large vehicles.
When Can I use My Phone?
Despite this new law, there are occasions when a mobile phone can be used. Scenarios for a mobile phone use include the following:
- When you are safely parked (with the ignition off)
- Or if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency
However, you cannot use a mobile phone if you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver.