Driving while using a phone has long been illegal, but you can be fined £200 for even touching your phone behind the wheel.
Along with the fine, you will receive penalty points so that you can no longer quickly select your next song while driving.
It has been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving since 2003, but the rules have since become stricter.
You can’t use your phone in your car, including reading a text, checking social media, or taking a photo.
From March 25, 2022, Any form of touching your phone is illegal and will result in a penalty.
The law also applies if you are stopped at traffic lights or stuck in traffic because your engine is still running.
You can only use a portable phone when you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or inconvenient to stop.
Drivers can also use their cell phones for contactless payments when a vehicle is parked at a drive-thru joint.
Can I use the hands-free function while driving?
You can use hands-free phones—as long as you don’t press any buttons—navigation devices and walkie-talkies when you’re driving or riding.
The in-car touchscreen dashboard is not exempt from penalties, as statewide vehicle contract director Keith Hawes has also warned against using those.
Keith said: “Touchscreens have become a common addition to modern vehicles, and as they become more complex, they can be more distracting.
“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.”
But if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle, you could still be stopped and fined. The law also applies to motorcyclists.
All hands-free devices should be fully set up before you start your journey.
Can I be fined for using my cell phone while driving?
Yes, you could be fined for using your phone or any touchscreen device while driving.
Drivers could be fined £200 but there is a chance you could be taken to court and fined a maximum of £1,000.
You will also lose your driver’s license if you have passed your driver’s license test within the last two years.
Can I add points to my license?
Previously, drivers caught using their cell phones received three penalty points.
But government legislation doubled the amount to six points.
Since novice drivers only start with six points on the road in the first two years, a conviction will result in your driving license being revoked – this means you have to repeat both the theoretical and the practical test.
Previously, drivers could avoid points in some police stations by taking a driving correction course.
But ministers felt this was not harsh enough, with those caught using a mobile phone for the first time being automatically penalized with six penalty points.
What is the roadside detection system?
The scanning system was tested in Norwich in 2018 to automatically detect drivers using phones.
It worked by detecting if a phone was being used in a car – and an icon of a cell phone with a line through it would then flash on a sign as cars drove by.
The device didn’t record license plates or issue fines, but the data was shared with police.
It also couldn’t tell if a driver or a passenger was using a handheld device.
It was tested in Norfolk but not extended to the rest of the UK.
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