Phone Usage

In today's society, everyone is constantly using their phones. When it comes to driving there is an area of confusion on when you can and can’t use your phone.

UK Mobile Phone Laws for Drivers: What's Illegal & When You Can Be Fined

The UK law says it is illegal to hold handheld devices that send and receive data whilst driving a car or a motorcycle. You must not make calls, scroll through social media, send texts, or take pictures. This still applies when you are stopped at a traffic light, supervising a learner driver, queuing in traffic, or holding a device that is offline or in light mode.

If you get pulled over by the police you can get six points on your license and a £200 fine. If you have been driving for less than two years and you get caught holding a phone your driving license will be taken off, you.

If your license is revoked within the first two years of passing your test, you will have to apply for a new provisional and sit your theory and practical test again. You can also get three points on your license if your view is blocked by a phone or any handheld device that is mounted in your vehicle.

There is a chance that you can be taken to court where they can ban you from driving and get a maximum fine of up to £1000. If you happen to be driving a bus or a lorry the fine can go up to £2500. 

The only exception that a person can use their phone is if they are making a call to emergency services, 999 or 112 and it’s impractical or unsafe to park up.  You can also use your phone if you are safely parked but it doesn’t mean when you are stopped at a light or in traffic and you’re driving a car that turns off the engine when you stop moving, when contactless payment is being made at a drive through.

Hands-Free Devices for Driving: A Safer Choice, But Still Use Caution

While using a hands-free device is recommended and legal while driving, it's crucial to set it up before you start your journey and remain aware of potential distractions.

Even hands-free options like voice commands, dashboard holders, or built-in satnavs can divert your attention from the road. If the police observe you not in full control of your vehicle due to distraction, you can still be pulled over.

Remember, hands-free doesn't mean risk-free. Prioritise your safety and the safety of others by minimising distractions and focusing on the road.

You can find more information on the website about Using a phone, sat nav or other device when driving