In April, we notified you about a change in the law regarding mobile phone use whilst in control of a vehicle.
A recent survey of transport managers, conducted by Fleet News, discovered 42% were not aware of the rule change.
The new law, states it is illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle. You are not allowed to use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline.
The law still applies if you are:
Stopped at traffic lights
Queuing in traffic
Supervising a learner driver
Driving a car that turns off the engine when you stop moving
Holding and using a device that’s offline or in-flight mode
You can use devices hands-free, as long as you do not hold them at any time during usage. There are also exceptions to the rule, such as calling 999.
Those caught in breach of the new rules face three penalty points and fines up to £1,000 – or up to £2,500 for drivers of buses and lorries.
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