Wed Mar 1, 2017 | By: Sara Orritt
From 1 March 2017, the penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will increase to 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine.
THINK! has launched a new campaign encouraging drivers to put their phone in the glove compartment while driving to avoid temptation.
- It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media.
- The law applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
- 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.
- If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 6 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200. (Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.)
- If you get just 6 points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence.
- Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.
- Ask for a vehicle which features Bluetooth Connectivity
- Ask a member of our staff for help connecting your phone to the bluetooth at hand-over
- Enquire about our range of cars and vans that feature Satellite Navigation
- Keep your phone in a place where you can't reach it and won't be tempted to use it.
Our thanks to the DVSA and Think! for highlighting this important information.