mobile phone laws

Are you up to date with the newest mobile phone motoring laws?

Late last year, the UK government imposed more strict rules relating to using your mobile phone whilst driving. Since 2003, it has been an offence to use a handheld mobile device for interactive communication such as making phone calls, text messaging or accessing the internet. If you are caught using your phone for communication, you will face a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence.

On March 25th, the laws on using your mobile phone whilst driving will become stricter, as the laws are updated to keep up with the newest technology.

What are the new law changes? 

From March 25th 2022, drivers will no longer be allowed to use their mobile phone for things like taking pictures or videos, scrolling through music or playing games on their handheld phone device whilst driving. Drivers are permitted to use their devices to use sat navs if they are secured in a phone cradle. However, motorists are advised that they are still held responsible for safe driving behaviour, and they can be charged if they are found not in control of their vehicle. 

Our solicitors advise if drivers require to use a sat nav on their phones; to prepare their route in advance to avoid distractions whilst driving, and avoid unnecessary charges on their licence. 

New drivers (within two years of passing their test) can get their licence revoked after being caught using their mobile phone whilst driving only once; this is why it is essential to stick to these new rules. 

Why is the law changing now? 

Since the laws on mobile phones were updated last, technology has developed, and people can use their phones to perform a vast variety of activities. Last year, 17 people were killed, and 114 people were seriously injured in the UK due to accidents occurring from using a mobile phone whilst driving. The UK government aims to track down the unnecessary use of mobile phones, which can seriously distract drivers, risking other road users. 

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