The government are planning new laws that will see drivers fined £200 with six points if they are caught touching their phone.
Under the current laws, a driver is forbidden to use a mobile for “interactive communication,” whilst driving.
This means if you receive, make a call or send a text message and or use social media or even streaming sites whilst driving, this is illegal.
Due to a legal loophole, drivers can get away with taking a photo, searching for music or even play a game on your mobile phone.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said, “Our roads are some of the safest in the world, but we want to make sure they’re safer still by bringing the law into the 21st century.
“That’s why we’re looking to strengthen the law to make using a hand-held phone while driving illegal in a wider range of circumstances.
“It’s distracting and dangerous, and for too long risky drivers have been able to escape punishment, but this update will mean those doing the wrong thing will face the full force of the law.
The new law will apply across Britain and it is expected to come into effect early in 2021, pending the outcome of the consultation.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said, “Using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous and being distracted at the wheel can change lives forever.
“Police will take robust action against those using a hand-held mobile phone illegally and proposals to make the law clearer are welcome.”
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said, “The closing of this loophole is very welcome and reflects the multitude of ways drivers can use hand-held phones when behind the wheel in 2020.
“We know that the use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel continues to represent a very real road safety risk, so it’s clear more needs to be done to make this as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.”
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