Using A Mobile Phone While Driving

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Using A Mobile Phone While Driving

It is against the law to drive a motor vehicle on a road when using a hand-held mobile telephone, or a device which performs an “interactive communication function” by transmitting or receiving data (the exception to this is a two-way radio).

This is a very widely defined offence, and can include:

  • Answering or making a call
  • Viewing, composing or sending a text message
  • Using a phone to access the internet
  • Accessing music or other audio or video files
  • Viewing, taking or sending a photograph
  • Listening to a voicemail message
  • Using a smart watch
  • Setting or cancelling an alarm or other function
  • Changing the settings or route on a sat-nav

Using a mobile phone whilst driving is an offence which may be dealt with either by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, or at a court appearance. As of 1st March 2017, the Fixed Penalty for this offence has increased to a £200 fine and 6 penalty points.

If you have received a Fixed Penalty for using a phone while driving, and you believe you are not guilty of the offence, you should contact a motoring lawyer straight away. They will be able to advise whether you have any defence in law.


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