The law on driving and mobile phones gets tougher

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Penalties will be doubled and include driving bans from the first half of 2017.

The government has promised a “tough” new crackdown on people who use their mobile phones while driving – with predictions that penalties will be doubled and include driving bans from the first half of 2017.

What will the penalties be for using mobile phones while driving:

  • It is against the law to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving any vehicle. This includes using it to read a map or check a text as well as take or make a call
  • The penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a handheld or hands-free phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years’ imprisonment.
  • The rules still apply if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
  • It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider
  • Using a hands-free device can also result in prosecution such as for driving without due care and attention if the driver is deemed to be distracted from driving. The penalties are the same

Source : businessvans.co.uk

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