New mobile phone driving laws 2017: explained
Date posted: 9th March 2017
What is the law on using your phone while driving?
It was already illegal to use your mobile phone while driving but new legislation and punishments were introduced from 1st March 2017.
The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving has now been doubled to a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
That means newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if they are caught with a hand-held device behind the wheel. The instant ban for new drivers means that they will have to take their theory and practical driving tests all over again.
If thecase goes to court, you could face disqualification and up to a £1,000 fine.
Can you use a hands-free phone while driving?
You are allowed to use fully hands-free phones while driving but you must not touch or pick it up, even for a second.
Police have the power to stop drivers if they believe that they are distracted by their hands-free mobile phone.
Can you use your phone to follow a map?
The new law specifically states that it is illegal to hold a a mobile phone to follow a map and find directions. If you wish to use your phone as a sat nav, it must be is mounted in a hands-free holder.
Can you text while driving?
It is illegal to read a text, check social media or use the internet for any other purpose on your phone when you are driving.
Can you use your phone in an emergency?
You can only use a hand-held phone if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or unpractical to stop.
Can I pull over to check my phone?
Yes, as long as you are safely parked and your engine is switched off before you check your phone.
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