Mobile Phone Use
It’s never been a good idea to hold a phone and steer a car at the same time. That’s why in 2003 it became illegal to do so. This law was ignored by many, so in March of this year it was toughened up. From 1 March 2017, motorists spotted using a mobile phonewhile on the move will now face a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice, as well as six points on their driving licence. This has an even harsher impact on newer drivers. Motorists who’ve held a licence for less than two years could be banned altogether.
But it’s not just mobile phones, you will also be flouting the law if you use other devices, such as tablets, while at the wheel. You’re also not allowed to use a handheld mobile if you’re instructing a learner, as technically you are in command of the car.
Additionally, if you’re planning on connecting your mobile up so you can use it as a sat nav, you’ll now have to set up the route before you turn the key in the ignition. What’s more, if you want to reset the phone’s sat nav, you can’t touch the phone’s screen. Instead, you’ll have to come to a stop in a sensible place and make any changes with the engine off.