Using a mobile phone while driving

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By now everyone should have seen the new penalties for hand-held mobile phone offences, if not, you really need to take a look.

Even though it has been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone when driving since December 2003, the penalties are changing and these came into force on 1st March 2017.

What are the new penalties?

  • You could be fined up to £200 and get six points on your licence
  • If you’ve been driving less than two years six points would mean losing your licence
  • You could go to court if you refuse the penalties – fines in court will most likely be larger and could lead to disqualification
  • The police can decide to send you straight to court if the offence is bad enough

What do I do if I need to take a call?

  • Pull over where it’s safe to
  • If you must talk and have a hands-free, make sure the conversation is short until you can safely pull over

What do I do if I have employees?

  • Have a mobile phone usage policy and make sure highlight the penalties so all employees are aware, especially if their job is driving
  • You may be open to prosecution if you permit or cause employees to use a phone when in a vehicle

Is there any time I can use a mobile phone when driving?

  • To make emergency phone calls such as 999 or 112
  • If you use a two-way radio

For more information on the new penalties or on what you can and can’t do when using a mobile phone while driving, visit



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