Motorists are facing fines of up to £200 as stricter rules on mobile phone use behind the wheel are introduced.
The changes to the Highway Code will go into effect next Saturday (January 29), reinforcing the current ban on texting or calling while driving.
From next week, it will also breaking the law when using your phone for other purposes.
Motorists can be fined if they are caught using their phones to take pictures or record videos.
Scrolling through playlists or playing games while driving will also be officially banned.
Motorists risk a £200 fine and six penalty points if they are found to have broken the rules.
The rule change also applies to truck drivers and motorcyclists.
You can use your phone in a hands-free mode, for example, to use the sat-nav . function
But you can still be charged if the police find you out of control of your vehicle.
Announcing the changes in November, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries happen while cell phones are on hold.
By making it easier to prosecute unauthorized phone users, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st century while further protecting all road users. “
Other changes to be introduced next week include New hierarchy of road users, giving pedestrians and cyclists priority over drivers.
You can also be fined up to £1,000 for Open your car door wrongly according to new regulations.
There are other changes motorists should be prepared for in 2022 as well as updated Highway Code rules, including sidewalk parking rules.
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