Mobile phones

Advice for New Drivers

Driving while being distracted by your mobile phone – whether you’re sending a message, searching for a location on a map, or browsing through your feed at the traffic lights – is not only extremely dangerous, it’s illegal.

The law on mobile phone use and driving

It is against the law for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone, or similar device, while driving. It applies to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles, but not bicycles.

It’s also an offence to ’cause or permit’ a driver to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving, or to use a hand-held mobile phone while supervising a driver who only has a provisional licence.

The penalty

  • If you’re caught using a mobile phone you will receive a fixed penalty of £100 or, if you have to go to court, a fine of up to £1,000.
  • You’ll also receive 3 penalty points on your licence.
  • The fine is £2,500 for drivers of goods vehicles or passenger carrying vehicles with 9 or more passenger seats.

The exemptions

  • 2-way ‘press to talk’ radios, as used by the emergency services and some taxi drivers.
  • Using a hand-held phone for a genuine emergency call to 999 or 112, if it would be unsafe for the driver to stop.