Yesterday (March 1st), the penalty for using your mobile phone while driving doubled to £200 and six points on your licence. Motorists caught using their mobile twice or accruing 12 points on their licence will face magistrates’ court, being disqualified and fines of up to £1,000. Furthermore, new drivers, within 2 years of passing their test, risk having their licence revoked and lorry or bus drivers can be suspended if caught.
What is the Law?
Using a handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal and has been since 2003. 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. Using a hands free kit is not illegal, though you can still be prosecuted by the police if it affects your ability to drive safely.
Try switching your phone off and putting it out of reach whilst you’re at the wheel. We understand some calls are important and you may be on the road a lot during your working day, in which case we urge you to consider using a hands free kit. If this is something you are interested in, don’t hesitate to contact your account manager here at 8020 on 01387 250008 or via email.