The only legal way to use your mobile whilst driving is by using a hands free device.
The police are able to issue a £60 fine and three penalty points to people caught using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. If the matter goes to court, the fine can be increased to £1,000 for car drivers or £2,500 for drivers of goods vehicles or buses/coaches.
Technical Vehicle Solutions can supply and fit a hands free mobile phone kits from £190 in your car.
Please contact us with the make and model of your phone to discuss your exact requirements.
Points on your licence
It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving and the penalties are going up. From 27th February 2007 you will receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence. Points can mean higher insurance costs.
You don’t have to be caught many times to be disqualified. If you get just six points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence under the New Drivers Act.
You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle. The penalties will be the same as for using a hand-held phone. And the penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using any phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.
How does the law apply?
While driving, you will be breaking the law if you pick up or use any type of phone that is, or must be, held to operate it. For example, this means you may not use your mobile phone:
when you are stopped at traffic lights;
when you are queuing in traffic;
to receive calls, pictures, text messages or to access the Internet.
If you are an employer, you can be prosecuted if you require employees to make or receive calls while driving.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes – a driver may call 999 or 112 in response to a genuine emergency when it is unsafe or impractical to stop to make the call;
Two-way radios are not covered by this offence but other devices for sending or receiving data are included if they are held while driving (eg. Personal Digital Assistants).