6 points and £200 for using your mobile when driving

by Keep Britain Biking

The official change of the law for using your mobile phone when driving changes today (March 1).

Using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving has been illegal since 2003, however it has now been updated. The penalties for holding and using your mobile phone when driving have increased to 6 points and a £200 fine.

Studies show that driver using a hand-free or handheld mobile phone are slow at recognizing and reacting to hazards, although it is not illegal to use your mobile hands-free if it impairs your driving then you can still be prosecuted by the police.

The law states that ‘you can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop’. This doesn’t allow you to use your phone if you’re stopped at traffics lights or queuing in traffic.

Also, if you get 6 points on your licence in the firs two years of passing your test, you will lose your licence.

What do you think about the change in the law?

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