New laws for using a cell phone in the car

Drivers risk a hefty fine and points on their license if they don’t know new cell phone laws come into force this week.

Tampering with a phone or mobile device, whether checking notifications, checking the time or unlocking the device, will be prohibited under the new rules which come into effect on March 25 .

Drivers caught breaking the new rules could face a £200 fine or six points on their license.

That’s all you need to know about the new rules.

New mobile phone rules for drivers

Drivers will not be able to:

  • illuminate the screen
  • check the time
  • check notifications
  • unlock device
  • make, receive or reject a phone or internet call
  • send, receive or upload oral or written content
  • send, receive or download a photo or video
  • use the camera, video or sound recording feature
  • write any text
  • access all stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, movies, playlists, notes or messages
  • access an application
  • access the internet

The only exceptions to the new rules are during an emergency call if it is not possible to stop or stop, or make a contactless payment at a toll or drive-thru .

Using your phone as a GPS will still be allowed as long as it is secured in a mount.

Hands-free calls will also be allowed.

Edmund King, AA President, said, “AA has long campaigned to toughen these rules, and we welcome this announcement.

“This is a much-needed update to the law to help make our roads safer. Cell phones provide many distractions and this sends a clear message that picking them up for use will not be tolerated.

“The law will also become stricter as the use of smartwatches, tablets and laptops while driving comes into force.

“Drivers will be extremely limited in when they can pick up their phone, mainly to call emergency services when there was no possibility of stopping safely and to make contactless payments while driving.

“Sitting in a traffic jam or waiting at a traffic light is no excuse, we want people to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.”

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