Mobile phone law loophole closed

Laws on mobile phone use whilst driving are now stricter and will close the loopholes that some drivers previously relied upon.

From 25 March 2022, it now illegal to use a handheld phone to take a photo, scroll through a playlist or play a game (amongst other things) whilst driving in Great Britain. It is an extension of an existing offence which includes making phone calls or sending text messages.

There is now a zero tolerance approach and people can be fined up to £1,000 and receive six points on their licence.

Devices can still be used hands-free while driving if secured in a cradle. According to the BBC, the DfT said drivers can use their phone to make contactless payments at a drive-through restaurant if the vehicle is stationary.

The law change does not apply in Northern Ireland.

Please contact the Backhouse Jones regulatory team on 01254 828300 if you need any advice.

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