New mobile phone driving law should ‘educate police’ to save motorists from being fined

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Under the new driving law changes, motorists will be banned from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games. Currently, it is illegal to text or make a phone call (other than in an emergency) using a hand-held device while driving.

Anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence.

Drivers will still be able to continue using a device ‘hands-free’ while driving, such as a sat-nav, if it’s secured in a cradle.

They must, however, always take responsibility for their driving and can be charged with an offence if the police find them not to be in proper control of their vehicle.

However, some industry experts believe the new changes will not change anything and attention should be diverted to other aspects of road safety.

Hojol Uddin, Partner in Motoring Law at JMW Solicitors said: “My view is the current legislation is fit for purpose.

“You have to be performing an interactive communication (transferring data, making a call, send and receiving texts and so on), physically holding the phone in your hand and be driving.

“The law as it stands is currently clear on the point and has been for a number of decades. 

“Interestingly the wording was done in such a way to future proof the legislation that ‘would enable the provision to survive beyond technological change’.

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“Where they should start is educating police officers as to what is an offence when it comes to mobile phone use, and for them to undertake investigations.

“Some officers I have cross examined thought touching your phone whilst in a cradle was enough to convict.

“So many cases I have dealt with where the driver was not using the phone and the officer, because they assumed the driver was talking or messaging, charged them.

“However, obtaining the full records (including all data usage) shows that they had not used it.

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