Using a mobile phone or Satnav when driving

There is much confusion as to the rules surrounding whether or not you are able to use your mobile phone or satnav when driving.  It is illegal to hold a phone or satnav whilst driving or riding a motorcycle as you will not have hands free access whilst driving.

Any device that you are using on a dashboard holder or mat must not block your view of the road and the traffic ahead.

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.  The Police are entitled to stop you if they think that you are not in control of your vehicle because you are distracted.  As a consequence you can be prosecuted. 

Even if you are stopped at traffic lights, sitting and queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver, you can still be prosecuted. 

You can use a handheld mobile phone legally if either you are parked safely or you need to call 999 in an emergency and it is unsafe or impractical to stop. 

The penalty for committing this offence is now 6 penalty points and a £200 fine.  If you have only passed your driving test in the last 2 years you are also likely to lose your licence.

If you require any assistance or clarification on any of these points or any other motoring queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01702 338338 or 01277 500123 where we would be pleased to assist you.  We offer fixed fee consultations and provide representation at Court. We have a vast amount of experience in this often complex area of law. We can also be contacted by email – crime@paulrobinson.co.uk.  We deal with all types of motoring and driving offences.