New mobile phone driving law comes into force on March 25th 2022
Drivers are risking a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence as a result of using their phone as a sat nav, scrolling through playlists or taking photos whilst driving.
New laws regarding mobile phone use when driving will come into force from March 25th 2022, with research suggesting many drivers are ignorant of the changes.
The new mobile phone driving law will ban drivers from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games whilst driving a vehicle. The law will also become tougher as the use of smartwatches, tablets and laptops behind the wheel will apply.
Anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence.
A study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has found that almost half of van drivers are at risk of being penalised as a result of using a sat nav app on their smartphone – 1,000 UK van drivers were questioned and 46% said that they used an app on their smartphone.
The Government says that drivers will still be able to continue using a device ‘hands-free’ while driving, such as a sat-nav, if it’s secured in a cradle. While it is still legal to use sat nav on your mobile phone, it must be safely secured to the dashboard or windscreen, where it must not block your view.
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