Mobile Phones

‘You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving’

The facts

All phone calls distract from driving. Research demonstrates that reaction times for drivers using a handheld phone are 30 per cent worse than for driving under the influence of alcohol at the legal limit.

The Law

You're four times more likely to have a crash while on a mobile phoneIt is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device while driving.

The penalty is £100 and 3 penalty points. If the case goes to court, it’s a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if driving a bus, coach or heavy goods vehicle), discretionary disqualification and 3 points.

If you reach 6 points within 2 years of passing your test, your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit your test to get your licence back.

You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free phone or similar device if you are distracted and not in proper control of the vehicle. The same penalties apply.

Employers could also be prosecuted if employees are distracted because they require them to use their mobile phones while driving.

Even careful drivers can be distracted by a phone call or text message and that split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

I need to use my phone for work. What should I do?

Go to voicemail and pick up messages when safely parked.

When can you make or receive calls using a hand-held phone?

  • You are allowed to call 999 or 112 in response to a genuine emergency where it is unsafe or impracticable to stop;
  • You can use a phone when safely parked;
  • You can use a phone when you are a passenger

Using other devices for sending or receiving data while driving is also an offence, that includes Blackberries and PDAs if they have a mobile phone incorporated.