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Mobile Phones and Driving

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In a new regulation due to come into force on 1 December 2003, it is a specific offence to use a hand-held phone, or similar device, when driving. 

The penalty is a 30 fixed penalty or up to 1,000 on conviction in court (2,500 for drivers of goods vehicles, buses or coaches).

Driver using mobile phone

Drivers still risk prosecution (for failure to have proper control) if they use hands-free phones when driving.

The Department for Transport (DFT) have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on their website to help you understand the new law and decide how it will affect you. Some of the questions covered include:

  • What does the regulation say about hand-held phones?

  • Is hands-free phone equipment allowed?

  • What about texting/internet access/video phones?

  • Will drivers still be able to use navigation equipment or personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other computer equipment that sends or receives data (which would include GPS transmissions)?

  • What if the phone rings when I'm driving?

  • Who do the new regulations apply to?

  • Are employers guilty of an offence if their employees use a hand-held phone while driving?

You can view the FAQs on the DFT website, or download them in the following formats:

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