DRIVERS face a £200 fine from tomorrow if they just touch their phone while driving.
The new rule aims to address a loophole that allows drivers to use their phones behind the wheel without being fined.
Drivers are currently penalized if they use a mobile phone for “interactive communication” such as calling or texting while driving.
This means drivers could technically use their phones to check the time or a notification, take a picture, or scroll through a playlist.
But from Friday March 25 the law is bound to change, meaning drivers could face a fine of £200 and six points on their driving license if they’re caught using their phone at all.
This includes all circumstances such as traffic jams, traffic jams or traffic lights.
The only exception to the new law is when the driver has to make an emergency call.
Keith Hawes, Director of Nationwide Vehicle Contract, said: “The changes to mobile phone driving laws are crucial to improving safety on UK roads.
“Drivers must take these rules seriously to help reduce the number of tragic deaths from violations.
“Drivers should not only be careful with mobile devices. While no new rules are being enforced on the use of internal infotainment systems, they can pose a potential distraction for drivers.
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“Touchscreens have become a common addition to modern vehicles, and the more complex they become, the more distracting they can be.
“If you are found not to be in proper control of your vehicle due to the use of dashboard gadgets or hands-free kits, you may still be prosecuted.”
Drivers could also be fined if they decide to do so get behind the wheel tired.
Another new rule sees £1,000 handed out to drivers blink their lights.
And a common mistake among motorists could actually be costs them up to £2,500.
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