DRIVERS are facing tougher restrictions when caught using their phones while driving.
Texting and calling were already banned, but now using your phone while driving can land you a fine.
Transport security Grant Shapps announced the plan for a rule change in November 2021.
Some gray areas in the rule don’t specify whether or not using your phone to take pictures or record videos is allowed.
Rule 149 in the current version of the Highway Code says: “You MUST NOT use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device, while driving or when supervising a learner driver, except by calling 999 or 112 in an emergency is really unsafe or impractical to stop.”
But in the new version, The Highway Code will change to reflect that the use of phones at the wheel will be strictly prohibited.
This includes using your mobile phone when stuck in traffic or when stopped at a red light.
Drivers like Take snapshots, record videosPlaying games and scrolling through playlists also carries the risk of a penalty.
The only exception to this rule would be when using your mobile phone to pay for goods while driving past or to pay a toll.
Even then, you will have to stand still to use this payment method and have to put your phone away before continuing to drive.
Present Getting caught with your phone while driving can be fined with a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence.
Those who have passed the driving test within two years of the violation will lose their license.
Three penalty points can be awarded if you do not operate the vehicle properly or do not clearly see the road and any traffic ahead.
In some cases, drivers using cell phones while driving can be sued in court.
If this happens, you risk a £1,000 fine, £2,500 if you drive a bus or lorry, and potentially a driving ban.
Drivers can still use hands-free devices while driving as long as they are properly protected and you don’t need to touch them.
If you’re using your phone as a satellite navigator, set it up before you start your journey and make sure it doesn’t obstruct your view of the road.
Elsewhere, drivers need to make sure they’re aware of the new changes coming Highway code.
Plus, London motorists now face increase in fines £160 for causing a driving error on the red road.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8265053/driver-fine-phone-while-driving/ New Highway Code rules mean you could be fined £200 for using your phone while driving