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CHANGES IN THE LAW ON DRIVING WHILST USING A MOBILE PHONE

The law is changing in regards to using a Hand Held Mobile Phone whilst driving. New laws come into place that mean using a mobile phone for any reason is now illegal. The DVSA announced:


From today (25 March), rules in The Highway Code are coming into force to make any hand-held use of a mobile phone while driving illegal, except in limited circumstances.

The changes were supported by 80% of respondents in a public consultation in 2021.

This means you must not use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline. The law applies to you if you’re:

  • supervising a learner driver

  • stopped at traffic lights

  • queuing in traffic

  • driving a car that turns the engine off when you stop moving

  • holding and using a device that’s offline or in flight mode

There are exceptions, such as if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency or making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving.


The government’s award-winning THINK! team will launch an awareness campaign today to remind drivers not to use a hand-held phone at the wheel and the penalties of choosing to ignore this new law.


You can see more information here.

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