? What does the mobile phone ban mean for drivers? It is a specific offence to use a hand-held phone when driving. A hand-held device is something that "is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function." A motorist can regard driving as meaning a vehicle with the engine running. In simple terms you can use a mobile as long as you don't hold the phone and you can't use a hand-held phone if the engine is running. ? How much is the fine if you get caught using a hand-held mobile when driving? Motorists will receive a fixed penalty of Pounds 60 and 3 penalty points.
? What happens if you take the matter to court? Motorists can take the matter to court and the maximum fine is Pounds 1,000 (Pounds 2,500 for drivers of goods vehicles).
. Will I be able to use 12 3 EPB-E01-S3 a hands-free phone while I'm driving? Yes, but you can only use it if it can be operated without holding the phone. Therefore mobile phones should be placed in cradles which are attached to the dashboard. Pushing buttons is permissible.
? Will I still get stopped by police if I am using a hands-free phone when driving? If you are stopped by police and you are using a hands-free phone while driving, you can face prosecution under other motoring laws. The police can charge you with driving without due care and attention, not being in proper control and dangerous driving. If there is an accident and you are using a phone you may well be charged with these offences. If someone is killed in an accident where any part of the phone is being used, the driver will almost certainly go to jail.
4 5 ? Why is the Government not introducing a ban on hands-free mobiles? Drivers should remember that the police can use existing legislation if a motorist is distracted by a call on a hands-free phone. If there is an accident and the driver is using a phone, then there is a risk of 6 prosecution for dangerous driving.
? If the Government is banning mobile phones, then why not stop people tuning in the radio and talking? The Government has no intention of banning these activities, which would be very difficult to enforce.
7 8 ? Can you text and use the internet on your phone while driving? The use of mobile phones for these purposes are prohibited if you hold the phone. You can push buttons on a phone while it is in the cradle as this does not breach the new regulation. However, police may use their powers to stop you under existing laws.
? Will motorists be able to use navigation equipment and personal digital 10 9 assistants (PDAs) or other computer equipment that sends or receives data? Yes - if it's not a hand-held device. The Government guidelines state that use of devices other than mobile phones is only prohibited if the device performs an interactive communication function by sending and receiving data. If the device does not you can use the device without breaching regulations.
? Will two-way radios be included in the new offence? The use of two-way radio equipment when driving is not 11 included in the new offence.
14 ? Should motorists turn off mobiles when driving? The best way to avoid making or receiving calls in the car is to turn the phone off. However, this is not always practical for everyone. It is safer to let the phone ring and return the call when parked. However, motorists should remember that the car engine needs to be switched off to make or take the call. Passengers can use their phones while in cars.
? Who do the regulations apply to? The regulations apply to drivers of all motor vehicles, including, cars, motorcycles, goods vehicles, buses, coaches and taxis. They also apply to anyone supervising a learner driver, while he or she is driving.
? Will cyclists be prosecuted for using a mobile phone while cycling? No, but police do have the powers 15 18 16 17 to deal with careless or dangerous cycling.
? Are employers guilty of an offence if their employees use a hand-held phone while driving? The regulations apply to anyone who causes or permits any other person to use a hand-held phone while driving. Employers would probably be liable if they required their employees to use a hand-held phone while driving and might also be liable if they failed to forbid employees to use such phones on company business.
? What are the insurance implications if motorists are caught using mobile phones when driving? In theory, an insurance company could refuse to pay for damage to your own car if you were breaking the law at the time of the accident (ie going through red lights, using mobile telephone).
The effects on your insurance if you have an accident could include loss of no claim bonus which would result in an insurance premium increase by at least 50 per cent.
A number of convictions, such as drink driving, dangerous driving may result in cover being refused.
? What does the mobile phone ban mean for drivers? It is a specific offence to use a hand-held phone when driving. A hand-held device is something that "is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function." A motorist can regard driving as meaning a vehicle with the engine running. In simple terms you can use a mobile as long as you don't hold the phone and you can't use a hand-held phone if the engine is running.
? How much is the fine if you get caught using a hand-held mobile when driving? Motorists will receive a fixed penalty of Pounds 60 and 3 penalty points.