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 are driving slowly in a car park. If you are caught you will receive a fine and points on your licence, but…

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 £200 fine and six points on your license. (www.gov.uk) If you are a relatively new driver or already have penalty points on your license you could end up of the road very quickly by incurring six more 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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