Is it illegal to use a phone while driving?

Yes. If you’re caught using a phone while driving you could receive six penalty points on your license and a £200 fine. You may, however, use a phone to call 999 or 112 in an emergency if it’s not safe to stop your car.

As of 1 March 2017, you will now be fined £200 instead of £100 and will receive six penalty points instead of three if you’re caught using a phone while driving.

Can I ever use my phone while driving?

It’s illegal to use your phone while driving – even if you’re stationary at a set of traffic lights or queueing in heavy traffic. These rules apply if you’re supervising a learner driver, too, but there are a few exceptions.

When can I use my phone while driving?

You may use a phone to call the emergency services on 999 or 112 if it’s unsafe or impractical to stop the car first – for example on a busy motorway. You may also use your phone to call any number if your car is safely parked.

Can I use any other devices while driving?

The law states you can’t use any form of hand-held device while driving, including mobile phones, personal media players and cameras. You can also be pulled over by Police for using a sat nav or adjusting the car’s radio while driving if they deem doing so impairs your ability to control the car correctly.

You can, however, use systems designed to connect your phone to the car’s infotainment system, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without breaking the law – providing you do so safely. You may also use your phone’s sat-nav functions as long as you don’t touch or adjust it while you’re driving.

How much will I be fined for using a phone while driving?

The fine for using a phone while driving has risen from £100 to £200 and you’ll now receive six penalty points, too. If you’ve been driving for fewer than two years, this will result in you automatically going to court and potentially losing your licence.

If your case is taken to court, you could be fined as much as £1,000. Drivers of goods vehicles or buses could be relieved of as much as £2,500, however.

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