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
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).
Drivers still risk prosecution (for
failure to have proper control) if they use hands-free phones when
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
What about texting/internet
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
Who do the new regulations
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: