Mobile phones provide an essential means of communication, they represent a danger. The making or receiving of calls while driving can distract your attention enough to cause an accident even when using a hands free telephone.
The Law states that you must have proper control of your vehicle at all times. If you have an accident while using a mobile phone, the penalties include an unlimited fine, with the possibility of disqualification and up to two years imprisonment. This dangerous driving need not include using a mobile phone but include anything, which could take your eyes off the road like changing radio stations or changing a tape.
You should never use a hand held mobile phone while driving. You should switch it off and use a messaging service or let a passenger use the telephone.
If you have a hands-free mobile phone, you are recommended not to drive while using the telephone but pull over and stop so that your attention is not distracted.
Remember that it is dangerous to use a mobile phone on a petrol stations forecourt but not only can it effect the electrical equipment but also there is a risk of fire.
You can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you’re caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving or riding. You’ll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.
Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.
Using hands-free devices when driving
You can use hands-free mobile phones, sat navs and 2-way radios when you’re driving or riding. But if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle you could still get stopped and penalised.