On 1st March, the penalties for using a mobile while driving doubled. Now, if you are caught using your mobile while behind the wheel, you will receive six points and a £200 fine. For new drivers that have been driving for less than two years, this means that their licences will be revoked and that they must retake their practical and theory.
The significant penalty increase is in response to the large number of people that are killed and seriously injured every year as a result of a driver using a mobile—in 2015, such accidents killed 22 people and seriously injured 99.
When Can I Use My Mobile Behind the Wheel?
Review the following guidance to ensure you follow the rules and avoid the consequences.
- Cannot: You are not allowed to check social media or texts if you are queuing in traffic or stopped at traffic lights.
- Cannot: You are not allowed to answer your mobile while driving. However, if your mobile is connected by Bluetooth, you can answer the call, but you should keep the conversation brief.
- Can: You can listen to music or podcasts on your mobile as long as it is in a hands-free holder or connected by Bluetooth.
- Can: You can use sat nav on your mobile as long as it is mounted in a hands-free holder.
- Can: You can pull over to check your mobile as long as you are safely parked with the engine switched off in a lay-by.