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Driving whilst using a mobile phone or a sat nav

It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • a Bluetooth headset

  • voice command

  • a dashboard holder or mat

  • a windscreen mount

  • a built-in sat nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead. You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.

The law still applies to you if you’re:

  • stopped at traffic lights

  • queuing in traffic

  • supervising a learner driver

When you can use a hand-held phone

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

  • you’re safely parked

  • you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop


You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

Potential to lose your licence

You can get 6 penalty points on your licence

A £200 fine can be issued.

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