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New Rules on the Road Ban Using Phones While Driving

New rules introduced into the Highway Code are forbidding using phones while driving, with limited exemptions.

This means drivers are no longer allowed to ‘hold’ or use their phones while driving unless a driver has safely parked.

A spokesperson for the government said: “It’s illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle.

“This means you must not use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline.

“For example, you must not text, make calls, take photos or videos, or browse the web.”

Now drivers will have to be keep their phones out of hands reach while on the road and be sure not to use them while behind the wheel.

The new rules mean that drivers cannot use their phones while:

  • Stopped at traffic lights
  • Queuing in traffic
  • Supervising a learner driver
  • Driving a car that turns off the engine when you stop moving
  • Holding and using a device that’s offline or in-flight mode

Although, there are exemptions which allow drivers to use their phones in limited circumstances while on the road.

The only time drivers can use their phones while in a car under the new rules includes:

  • You need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop
  • You’re safely parked
  • You’re making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving, for example at a drive-through restaurant
  • You’re using the device to park your vehicle remotely

However, drivers can use their phones with ‘hands-free’ Bluetooth connection as long as drivers do not hold them at any time during usage.

  • A Bluetooth headset
  • Voice command
  • A dashboard holder or mat
  • A windscreen mount
  • A built-in sat nav

Drivers can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine for holding and using a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send and receive data while driving or riding a motorcycle.

Anyone who passed their driving test in the last 2 years can lose their license for breaking these new laws.

Anyone breaking this law can get 3 penalty points for not having a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

More information can be found on: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/legal/mobile-phone-laws/

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