It is illegal to hold a mobile phone or any hand-held device when you are riding a motorcycle or driving. While this law was only introduced in 2003, it has been an offence ‘not to have full control’ (e.g. eating) for a considerable number of years.
You can receive an automatic fixed penalty notice if you are caught using a mobile phone or any hand-held device when driving, you will also get three points on your licence and a fine of £100.
It is also possible that you could be called to court and disqualified from driving with a maximum fine of £1,000 – although bus drivers and goods vehicles can receive a maximum fine of £2,500.
Common misunderstandings regarding driving and mobile phones include:
- “I can’t be convicted because I wasn’t making a call” The legislation states ‘using’ a mobile phone. This is not limited to phone calls – it includes texting, dialling, reading emails and looking at the time.
- “I can’t be convicted because I was using an MP3 player, not a phone” The legislation specifies a hand-held mobile telephone or other hand-held communication device.
For more information on mobile phone offences and how we can help you, please contact our Motoring Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Pete Dodd, Partner in our Motoring Team.