Using mobile phones when driving: the law

Its illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices.

The rules are the same if you're stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

Its also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.

Penalties for using your phone while driving

You can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you're caught using a hand-held phone while driving or riding. You will get 3 penalty points on your license and a fine of £100.

Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

New drivers

You will lose your license if you get 6 or more penalty points within 2 years of passing your test.

When you can use a phone in your vehicle?

If you're the driver, you can only use your phone in a vehicle if you:

Need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and its unsafe or impractical to stop

Are safely parked

Using hands-free devices when driving

You can use hands-free phones, Sat Navs and 2-way radios when you're driving or riding. But if the police think you're distracted and not in control of your vehicle you could still get stopped and penalised.

Please Contact Us today to find out more.

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