Using hand held mobile phones while driving
There are three main offences in relation to the use of a mobile phone or hand held device: use by the driver, causing or permitting that use, and supervising a provisional licence-holder whilst using. In each case, there is an exemption if it is a call to emergency services using 999 or 112.
The most common prosecutions relate to the driver of a vehicle using a mobile phone. Using is not only limited to calls and texts but can also include any other form of interaction. An offence can also be committed at traffic lights and sat in traffic if you are deemed to be in control of the vehicle. Call today – FREE initial advice – 0800 046 3066
Recent changes in law mean that using a mobile phone whilst driving can lead to the imposition of six penalty points on your licence. If you are offered a fixed penalty this will be £200 although the Court can impose much higher fines. The driver awareness course is no longer available for these types of cases and the impact on a driver’s insurance policy can be significant. In addition, if there are two or more mobile phone offences committed within three years, or if the total penalty points on the licence exceed 12, the Court will impose a six month totting up disqualification.
If you are facing prosecution for using a mobile phone whilst driving or are concerned regarding a totting up disqualification contact our transport team for free initial advice on 0800 046 3066
If you have a fixed penalty or a summons for a mobile phone offence and need our help please contact us on 0800 046 3066.