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Using Mobile Phones While Driving

Using Mobile Phones While Driving

You should now all be fully aware that using your mobile phone while operating a vehicle is illegal, unless you have hands-free access.

There has been a lot of confusion over the past few weeks in regards to what you’re allowed to do when driving, so we have done some digging and put the information below.

You can use a mobile phone hands-free via:

  • a Bluetooth headset
  • voice command
  • a dashboard holder

But remember, the law still applies to you if you’re:

  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • supervising a learner driver

If you use your phone hands-free, you must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.

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The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

  • you’re safely parked
  • you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

  • be banned from driving or riding
  • get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)

If you passed your driving test in the last 2 years, you’ll lose your licence.

Don't risk it.

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