New rules have been enacted for drivers who use the phone while driving

New rules have been enacted for drivers who use the phone while driving

If you have only had your driving licence for less than two years, it will be revoked, and you will have to pass your test again. The Highway Code will also be changed to say that handheld phone use in traffic jams or when stationary is also illegal. However, the rules have been updated to allow some exceptions:

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is warning drivers that strong new regulations to penalise drivers who use their phones while driving will take effect this week. Drivers caught using a phone while in control of a vehicle will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fixed penalty notice as of Friday (March 25).

Highlights

  • Driving distracted is just one of the five ‘fatal five’ behaviours that Somerset Road Safety and partner agencies are raising awareness of. The others are speeding, intoxicated driving, careless driving and not wearing seatbelts. While there is increased focus on mobile phone use this week, a spokesperson for Somerset Road Safety said all five behaviours are “dangerous, reckless, and incredibly avoidable”.

  • The continued hands-free use of satnavs; Making contactless payments from stationary vehicles at drive-throughs or toll gates. But drivers must always take responsibility for their driving and can be charged with an offence if the police find them not to be in proper control of their vehicle.

The spokesperson added: “We welcome the new legislation on handheld mobile phone use. “People willing to risk not only their lives but many others’ by scrolling through social media while at the wheel will be caught and will feel the force of the law.” Avon and Somerset Police encourage people to submit their own dashcam or helmet cam footage showing drivers illegally operating mobile phones to them. This can be done at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/roads/