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Driving using mobile phone
Using a mobile phone while driving has only relatively recently become an offence, leading to a £100 fixed fine and three penalty points.
The offence can be committed in three different ways:
- Using a handheld device while driving
- Causing or permitting the use of such a device by the driver
- Using a handheld device while supervising a provisional driver
The last two points could have serious implications for employers who require or permit their staff to use handheld devices while driving, such as a delivery driver phoning a customer while on the road to confirm the delivery time.
As well as making and receiving calls, the legislation also covers using your phone for other purposes, including listening to voicemails, sending or reading text messages, using the internet and playing games.
If you are in an accident, mobile phone records can be used to establish whether you were paying full attention, resulting in a larger sentence and even possible imprisonment.
Even if you use a hands-free mobile, and the police feel you were driving in a poor or careless manner, you can be prosecuted for not being in full control of the vehicle – which again carries three penalty points and a fine.
If you are facing accusations of using a mobile phone while driving or allowing its use by someone else while driving then the specialist road traffic offence solicitors at Minton Morrill can advise you on your options and provide expert representation.
To find out more about how our road traffic offence solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help you, please contact us.
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