Mobile phone frequently asked questions

What is the penalty for using my mobile phone while driving?

If caught using your hand-held mobile phone while driving you will receive a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence. You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle.

Why is driving while on your mobile phone so dangerous?

• It is difficult to do two things at once and research shows that you are four times more likely to have an accident if you are using your mobile phone while driving.
• Research also shows that if you use any type of mobile phone (hands-free or hand-held) while driving, your reactions times are worse than if you drive under the influence of alcohol. Tests show that reaction times using a hand-held phone were 30% worse than for driving while drunk. They were nearly 50% worse than when driving under normal conditions.

When does the law apply?

While driving, you are breaking the law if you pick up or use any type of phone that is, or must be, held to operate. So this means you may not use your mobile phone when you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or to receive pictures and text messages.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes there are exceptions. You may call 999 or 112 in response to a genuine emergency when it is unsafe or impractical to stop to make the call. Also two-way radios are not covered by this offence.