Using a mobile with your hands while driving to become illegal in the UK in 2022

Next year, anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and 6 points on their licence. The new rule in the Highway Code will also states that being stationary in traffic counts as driving, making it clear that hand-held mobile phone use at traffic lights or in motorway jams is also illegal.

Using a mobile with your hands while driving to become illegal in the UK in 2022
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As announced today, police will soon be able to more easily prosecute drivers using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel. It comes after the government strengthened existing laws to further improve road safety.

It is already illegal to text or make a phone call (other than in an emergency) using a hand-held device while driving. Next year, laws will go further to ban drivers from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.

This will mean anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and 6 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.

The change in the law comes after a public consultation which found 81% of respondents supported proposals to strengthen the law and make it easier for culprits to be prosecuted.

Following the consultation, the government will revise The Highway Code to explain the new measures. It will also be more precise about the fact that being stationary in traffic counts as driving, making it clear that hand-held mobile phone use at traffic lights or in motorway jams is illegal except in very limited circumstances.

There will be an exemption to the new law for drivers making a contactless payment using their mobile phone while stationary to ensure the law keeps pace with technology.

This exemption will cover, for example, places like a drive-through restaurant or a road toll, and will only apply when payment is being made with a card reader. It will not allow motorists to make general online payments while driving.

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