From today, any driver caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will face much tougher punishments. The new laws mean that driver’s with a licence under 2 years old could face an immediate ban and everyone else will face 6 penalty points and a £200 fine; double the previous amounts. Anybody who loses their licence will have to apply to resit their theory and practical tests to regain their right to drive. Any driver can be punished, whilst driving or sat in non moving traffic.
The Daily Mirror has published a few questions to help you understand the new rules;
- Can you use your phone at traffic lights?
No. Even when you are stationary it is still classed as driving and you are still in charge of the vehicle so using your phone in traffic or at lights is still an offence.
2. Can you press buttons on your phone to answer/hang up a call on hands-free?
No. The phone must be secured in a holder out of the 45-degree angle of the driver’s view. You can’t touch it while driving.
3. Is it OK to answer a call while driving if your phone is on loudspeaker on your knee?
No. It’s still classed as using your phone while driving whether it is in your hand or not.
4. Can you use your phone as a sat nav?
Yes – as long as you programme it before you start the car and set off and it’s in a holder out of the 45-degree angle of the driver’s view. You cant re-programme or touch it while in motion, the same rules apply for any sat nav.
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Source – http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/new-harsh-penalties-drivers-caught-9931996 – 01/03/2017