Mobile phone law

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving and the penalties went up from 27 February 2007. You will now receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence.

Switch off before you drive off.

Mobile phones and driving don’t mix

Mobile phones have many benefits. They provide security and can be a great help in an emergency. But tests have shown a driver cannot help being distracted by a phone call or text message. If you are distracted, you will not register hazards or react quickly. A conversation on a hands-free phone is no less distracting than using a hand-held one.

You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle. Then penalties will be the same as for using a hand-held phone and the penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.

For a free copy of the leaflet ‘Dying to take the call’, please contact the Road Safety Centre.