The Law and Mobiles

New legislation to increase the penalty for using a hand-held phone whilst driving will come into force
on 1 March 2017.

The current fine of £200.00 and SIX penalty points on your licence.
Penalty points can mean higher insurance costs. If you get six points within two years of
passing your test, your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit the test. If the case goes to
court, you could risk a maximum fine of £1,000, which rises to £2,500 for the driver of a bus, coach,
†or heavy goods vehicle.

†If you are an employer you can be prosecuted if you require employees to make or receive mobile
calls while driving. It is an offence to cause or permit the use of a hand-held mobile phone when
driving. It is also an offence to cause or permit a driver not to have proper control of a vehicle.
To help yourself stay legal, you can buy and install a wireless hands-free car kit from
Hands Free Car Kits Direct today Call us on
07867 557 765.

Special cases

  • The law does not extend to hands-free use of equipment. Similarly, users will not be prosecuted if the phone is held in a cradle. Drivers should exercise caution while using a hands-free kit as it's still a distraction from driving.

  • Driving with the phone balanced between shoulder and ear doesn't count as hands-free

  • Texting while driving is not permitted under the new legislation

  • You cannot answer incoming calls while driving. If the phone rings while the car is moving, then the driver must stop at the side of the road before answering.

  • The ban also applies to driving while stopped at traffic lights or in a traffic jam. While the car is under the control of a driver, then that driver cannot use a mobile phone. An exception is made in lengthy tailbacks when the engine is turned off.

  • Calls to 999 (or 112) in genuine emergencies are permitted where it would be unsafe or impractical to stop.

  • Two-way radios can still be used, but only if the radio cannot also function as a mobile phone. Using a dual function radio/phone is illegal even when only the radio function of the device is used.

  • There are no restrictions on passengers using mobile phones.

  • The law requires that drivers be in control of their vehicle at all times. This means that the police can still act if they see a driver distracted by things like eating a sandwich, shaving, or drinking from a bottle while driving.

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