All in-car mobile phone use to be banned, unless it’s ‘hands-free’

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    The government is seeking to make any use of a handheld smartphone illegal while driving. The move closes a loophole and should make it easier for police to prosecute drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel.

    The new law will mean any driver caught using smartphone functions such as the camera, music streaming or games will be liable for a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

    It’s already against the law to text or make calls except in an emergency, although it is perfectly OK to use a smartphone connected to a hands-free system for calls, or for navigation when it’s rigidly attached to a windscreen or dashboard mount.

    A change to the Highway Code will spell out the law, and make it clear that it’s illegal for drivers to use any smartphone functions even when stationary at traffic lights or in jams.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries occur whilst mobile phones are being held.

    “By making it easier to prosecute people illegally using their phone at the wheel, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st Century while further protecting all road users.

    “While our roads remain among the safest in the world, we will continue working tirelessly to make them safer, including through our award-winning THINK! campaign, which challenges social norms among high-risk drivers.”

    Interestingly, one exemption the government does plan to include is the ability to use a phone for making payments from behind the wheel – so you can pay toll or parking charges, or even pick up your drive-thru burgers without risking prosecution.

    The new rules are being implemented on the back of a public consultation that found 81 per cent of people supported the total ban. A recent survey found that it’s mainly younger drivers who use handheld devices at the wheel.

    “Picking up a mobile phone whilst driving is dangerous and we welcome this change to the law”, said AA president Ed King.

    “It helps to clarify what is acceptable when using them hands-free when driving and what poses a threat.

    “By making mobile phone use as socially unacceptable as drink driving, we are taking big steps to make our roads safer. For years, the AA has campaigned hard and helped educate drivers to the dangers from bad mobile phone use.

    “To help ensure drivers get the message, we also need more cops in cars to help catch and deter those still tempted to pick up.”

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  • #169525 Reply

    Well that will put a stop to that then..


    #169531 Reply

    i think if you pull into a layby, or are parked and have secured car it with handbrake etc, it should be safe to use one without switching off engine etc.

    otherwise im in agreement. i see they are allowing you to pay for your big mac tho; some tories must like em lol

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    #169532 Reply

    I actually thought this was already the law, and quite obvious.


    #169535 Reply

    actually i thought it was too…

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    #169537 Reply

    I presume it’s still ok to light a fag and drink a cup of coffee while driving to work though..

    #169538 Reply

    Or eat a double sausage/egg with with cheese McDs breakfast, Wigwam

    #169540 Reply

    Thought that phone law was already in place and totally agree with it.

    Yet car makers insist on making hand gesture slide controls,infotainment systems making simpliest of tasks like changing heating more difficult and longer times for hamds off wheel.etc etc..Some cars cause drivers to be distracted .

    #169542 Reply

    I presume it’s still ok to light a fag and drink a cup of coffee while driving to work though..

    I had one of those “just missed me” moments yesterday with someone with a mug of tea or coffee in their face.

    #169543 Reply

    bring back buttons and knobs

    #169544 Reply

    Plenty of knobs on the road, no need for more.

    #169547 Reply

    Presumably is fine too use them if connected to the infotainment centre via Android auto/Apple car though? So it’s all a bit silly….

    #169549 Reply

    Push-to-talk hand held two way radios are perfectly legal to use at the wheel.

    #169559 Reply

    Totally agree. Thought it was already in law. Glad it is to happen. Damn silly that car makers are giving us touch-screens which must be used for many, many driving functions. Said screens are much more dangerous than handys being out of line-of-sight for driving and often needing a number of different touches, some on steering wheel and elsewhere, to perform stuff.


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    Glos Guy

    The current offence of careless driving (undue care and attention) allows prosecution for all of these things already, but it is obviously felt that it needs to be spelled out. Whenever I see a vehicle veering out of lane or drifting between the lines, the majority of the time it’s someone doing something with their mobile phone or lighting a fag (which should also be made illegal whilst driving IMHO).

    Worst offenders, I’m sorry to say, are lorry drivers. There’s never a week that goes by that I don’t see an HGV drifting partially into the hard shoulder of the motorway. It’s no wonder that so many people get killed in hard shoulders. The worst example of appalling HGV driving that I saw was one that was veering in and out of the hard shoulder and when I overtook him, expecting to see him on his phone, he had a newspaper placed over the steering wheel!

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