Driving while using a mobile device

It is illegal to use a hand-held device when driving, even if you've stopped at traffic lights, are in a traffic jam or driving slowly in a car park.

The consequences for you and other road users can be much worse


Using a mobile device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, whilst driving diverts your attention away from the road. You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile device while driivng. No call is worth the risk.

Watch now: What can happen if you use a mobile phone whilst driving.

Mobile devices - Remember!

  • Switch off your mobile device before you set off so you are not tempted to use it.
  • Don't make or answer calls when you are driving.
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held device when driving, even if you've stopped at traffic lights, are in a traffic jam or driving slowly in a car park.
  • No conversation, text message or online post is more important than a person's life.

What happens if I am caught using a mobile device while driving?

When you are caught using a mobile device while driving, you will be issued with a fixed penalty notice and will receive a £100 fine and three points on your licence. (www.gov.uk) (In March 2017 this will be £200 and six points)

Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

Watch now: See how Belgian learner drivers reacted when they were told they had to pass the mobile phone test in order to get their driving licence.


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