Using your phone whilst driving is dangerous, but many people still say they are unclear in what situation a mobile can be used. Broadbents Solicitors discusses this topic further and clarify common misconceptions around this area of the law.
The law states very clearly that it is illegal to hold a phone or a sat nav whilst driving or riding a motorcycle and this includes times when you are stationary at traffic lights, stopped in traffic and supervising a learner that is driving the car. However, you are allowed to use thee devices when they are on handsfree access, such as:
A Bluetooth headset
A dashboard holder or mat
A windscreen mount
A built-in sat nav
When using a handsfree device, you must ensure that it does not block your view of the road and that you stay in control of your car at all times.
When Can I Use My Phone?
There are certain times when you can use your mobile when in your vehicle and they include when you are safely parked or you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s impractical or unsafe to stop.
Using your phone whilst driving has serious consequences. You can get six penalty points and a £200 fine. If you have passed your driving test within the last two years, you will lose your licence.
Where you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or don’t have proper control of your vehicle, you can receive three penalty points.
In some incidents, you may be taken to court and be banned from driving or riding and receive a £1,000 (or £2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus).
At Broadbents Solicitors, our dedicated team have a wealth of experience pertaining to driving offences. If you would like advice regarding this area of law, we welcome you to contact our dedicated team. Please call on the relevant local number at the top of this screen or send your enquiry through our online contact form.