The new mobile phone driving laws explained
Can I use my mobile phone while driving?
Nope. It's illegal to use a handheld mobile phone or tablet, while you're behind the wheel.
Even if you're stopped at lights or queuing in traffic, the law still applies. And, if you're parked up and your engine is still running - the law still applies.
If your car is parked, the brake is on and your engine is off, then you CAN use your mobile phone.
The only exception to the law, is if a driver needs to call 999 in an emergency.
Can I press buttons on my phone to answer a call or to change music?
Absolutely not. As long as you are driving behind the wheel, the law prohibits you from touching any buttons or the screen.
What if I want to use my phone as a sat nav?
That's actually okay, so long as it is secured in a holder correctly and out of the 45-degree angle of the driver's view, but you cannot touch it or re-programme it while driving, so keep your hands on the wheel!
Can I use a hands-free kit?
Yes. But you're not allowed to press any buttons on your phone to answer calls while driving.
If police think you are not in control of your car while you're using a hands-free, you could be handed a £200 fine and six points.
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