As of March 1st 2017, laws involving the usage of your phone whilst driving have been updates – with caught drivers now receiving 6 points on their licence plus a fine of £200!
This also means that new drivers caught will have their licences revoked as receiving 6 points within the first 2 years of passing your test revokes your licence.
Drivers caught twice (or reach 12 points) also face going to court, risk a £1000 fine and face losing their licence.
So when can I use my phone?
The only allowed usage is when you are safely parked or in an emergency and you need to call 999 or 112 (and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop).
Use your phone as a satnav?
Make sure it is properly mounted, as if you are holding it – it’s illegal, the rules apply when stopped at traffic lights and queueing in traffic.
“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving,” explains transport secretary Chris Grayling, “and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.”