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Changes Coming to the Rules on Using Mobile Telephones Whilst Driving



The laws around mobile telephone usage whilst driving are about to be tightened in 2022.

It is already illegal to text or make a phone call using any handheld device whilst driving. It is also going to become illegal to use a handheld device to take photos or videos, play games or scroll through playlists.

If you get caught you are likely to receive a £200 fixed penalty and 6 penalty points on your licence.

When can I use a phone?

  1. Any hands-free device will still be able to be used, for example as a sat-nav if it is secured in a cradle. This cannot block your view of the road or traffic ahead.
  2. Contactless payments can be made at places such as drive through restaurants or to pay a toll fee. This is only applicable to payment being made with a card reader and does not allow for general online payments to be made whilst driving.
  3. If you are safely parked.
  4. If you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or impractical to stop.


These rules apply even if:

  1. You are stopped at traffic lights.
  2. You are queueing in traffic.
  3. You are supervising a learner driver.

If you get into trouble with your phone whilst driving get in touch with our motoring team who have years of experience in defending people’s licences

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