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Using your Mobile Phone Whilst Driving – New Penalties

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The Government has revised the penalties for being caught using your mobile phone whilst driving your vehicle. Here at Mackrell Turner Garrett, we have summarised the important points regarding the law on this issue:

  • As of March 2017, you can now be issued with a fixed penalty in the sum of £200 and receive six points on your licence. The previous penalty was three
  • If you have been driving for less than two years, six points will be enough to lose your licence.
  • In order to be guilty of this offence, you only need to be seen using your mobile phone. There does not need to be an element of bad driving.
  • You can pull the vehicle over in order to check your phone, but your car must be in a safe place and the engine must be turned off. Using your phone whilst your car is stopped at traffic lights is an offence.
  • If the police consider you to have been driving badly as a result of you using your mobile phone, they can bypass the fixed penalty and summons you to attend court, where you could receive a fine of up to £1,000 and even a period of disqualification from driving.
  • These new provisions also apply to all types of electronic devices which can connect to the internet, including tablets (iPads, etc.) and digital cameras.
  • You can still use your mobile phone as a Sat Nav device, but it must be mounted in a hands-free holder. You can also talk on your mobile phone using a hands-free device or a Bluetooth connection, as long as the phone is not in your hand. If the phone is in your hand you will be committing an offence.

Mackrell Turner Garrett can provide expert advice and representation in relation to this and any other motoring offence, please contact Robert Jappie on 00 44 (0) 207 240 0521 or at robert.jappie@mackrell.com for more information.

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