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Driving and mobile devices

It's difficult to resist the temptation to pick up your phone when you're driving - even though it's illegal. But as soon as you take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel you're putting yourself and others at risk.

It is illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • A Bluetooth headset
  • Voice command
  • A dashboard holder or mat
  • A windscreen mount
  • A built-in sat nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.

The law still applies to you if you’re:

  • Stopped at traffic lights
  • Queuing in traffic
  • Supervising a learner driver

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I use my phone when driving?

It is illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • A Bluetooth headset
  • Voice command
  • A dashboard holder or mat
  • A windscreen mount
  • A built-in sat nav

What penalties can I get?

Penalties

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You will also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can.

Be banned from driving or riding.

Get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus).

Further information

 

THINK! Provides road safety information for road users. Their aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.

CPS Outlines legal guidance for driving offences.

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