Car passengers could face a hefty £200 fine if caught using a phone in a car, under new Road Traffic Rules that came into force on Friday
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You could face a fine for using a mobile phone even if you are a passenger under the new Highway Code rules.
Drivers for even touching a phone could be fined £200 after tough new rules came into force on Friday.
If a person supervises a learner driver, they could be fined £1,000 – as well as six points on their driving licence.
Current road traffic regulations prohibit sending SMS or calling while driving.
But new rules introduced on Friday mean many gray areas have been tightened, making more actions illegal.
In 2019 the High Court ruled that using a mobile phone for an “interactive communication function” was a criminal offense.
This included calling or texting, but now using a phone for any purpose is seen as “reckless and dangerous”.
Now drivers can no longer touch their device, take photos or videos, access playlists or use other apps while driving.
Using the phone at traffic lights or in queues on motorways is also considered illegal under the new Highway Code rules.
Anyone using a device while driving faces a fixed fine of £200 plus six points to their driving licence.
However, motorists are allowed to use their phones to pay at a drive-thru restaurant or a road or bridge toll.
The Department for Transport: “There will be an exception to the new law for drivers who use their mobile phone to make contactless payments while standing, to ensure the law keeps up with technology.
“This exemption applies to places such as a drive-through restaurant or a road toll, and only applies if the payment is made with a card reader. It does not allow drivers to make general online payments while driving.”
Hands-free devices can be used while driving, including taking calls or using a sat nav, but only if they are attached to something that holds them.
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