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