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CLOSING THE LOOP HOLE

Posted on 01/01/22 |
CLOSING THE LOOP HOLE

Drivers are to be banned completely from using a mobile phone ( or some might say a mini computer) while driving in the UK in an effort to further reduce deaths and injuries on the road caused by using such devices. The new laws will catch up with the way in which the technology has developed over the years which means that such devices are no longer just mobile phones but can do a range of other things.

It is already illegal to text or make a phone call (other than in an emergency) using a hand-held device while driving and the law will now go further to ban drivers from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games etc.
This will mean anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and 6 points on their license.

“Hands-free” use of a phone will still be permitted, provided the phone is secured in a cradle. Drivers must, however, always take responsibility for their driving and can be charged with an offence if the police find them not to be in proper control of their vehicle.

There will be an exemption to the new law for drivers making a contactless payment using their mobile phone while stationary to ensure the law keeps pace with technology. This exemption will cover, for example, places like a drive-through restaurant or a road toll, and will only apply when payment is being made with a card reader. It will not allow motorists to make general online payments while driving.

Article from the Traffic Safety Roads Newsletter.

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