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Motorists could be fined £200 for using their phones under tough new laws this month

UK motorists will be fined £200 for using mobile phones under legislation changed this month.

Under new lawDrivers will not be allowed to hold any mobile devices while driving as of March 25.

UK motorists face tougher legislation when it comes to using mobile devices at the wheel

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UK motorists face tougher legislation when it comes to using mobile devices at the wheelCredit: Getty

Texting or calling while driving is already illegal, but new rules close gray areas when it comes to music streaming and take pictures.

A Supreme Court judgment in 2019 ruled that driving is only committed when the phone is used to perform an “interactive communication function”.

That includes making calls or sending texts rather than a standalone function like video recording.

The government is currently updating current regulations so that all use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is considered “reckless and dangerous.”

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As a result, under the new law, you can no longer touch your device to check the time or notifications, take a photo or video, scroll through a playlist or access any app while driving. .

New words will also be added Highway code to clarify that it is also illegal to use phones at traffic lights or when queuing on highways.

Unless making an emergency call, anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their driver’s license.

However, it has been confirmed that drivers can still use their phones to pay at drive over restaurants or toll roads.

The Department for Transport said in a statement: “The new law will exempt drivers from contactless payments with their mobile phones while at rest to ensure the law keeps pace with technology.

“This exemption will cover, for example, places like drive-through restaurants or road tolls and will only apply when payments are made using a card reader. It will not allow motorists to make them. joint online payments while driving.”

Drivers will also still be allowed to use a device if it’s “hands-free” while driving. This includes “hands-free” calls and use your phone as a satnavas long as it is secured in a holder.

Keith Hawes, director of National Vehicle Contracts, welcomed the move, saying the changes were important to improve the safety of UK roads.

He told The Mirror: “Drivers must strictly comply with these regulations to contribute to reducing the number of tragic deaths due to violations.

“It’s not just mobile devices that drivers should be cautious of. While no new regulations have been enforced on the use of the internal infotainment system, they can be distracting for drivers. car.”

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He said touchscreens have become a common feature in modern vehicles but can be distracting for drivers.

“If you are found not to reasonably operate your vehicle by using the dashboard widgets or hands-free device, you can still be prosecuted,” he added.

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