David’s blog: new law on using mobile phones when driving

Here is something for everyone to consider this month.  Whilst it will be of particular interest to our motor and vehicle fleet clients, it’s a change that affects us all.

In March a new law came into effect regarding the use of mobile phones when behind the wheel.  It’s a big change and could have some severe consequences for those who fall foul of the new rules.

It is now “illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle” as detailed in the ‘Using a phone, sat nav or other device when driving’ item on the gov.uk website.

There are some exceptions to the rules such as making a 999 or emergency calls.  You can still use the device hands-free as long as you don’t hold them at any point.  Some examples of hands free are

  • Bluetooth Headset
  • Voice Command
  • Windscreen Mount
  • Dashboard Holder
  • Built in Sat Nav

Penalties for failing to follow the new rules can include

  • Driving licence penalty points
  • Maximum fine of £2,500
  • Loss of driving licence
  • Driving ban

Check out the full details of all the changes here on the UK government website here.  It’s a short read but understanding the changes could save you a lot of trouble.  I hope you find it useful.

In addition, Aviva have created a useful infographic summarising the key points here.

Take care, David and The Park Team