The government are cracking down on drivers who use a mobile phone whilst driving and from next year it will be easier to prosecute drivers.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said from next year drivers will not be legally allowed to take photos, videos, play games or scroll through playlists whilst the engine is on, which includes using a phone when sat in stationary traffic.
You will only be allowed to use your phone as a sat nav if it is secured in a cradle and if caught drivers will face a £200 fixed penalty and six points on their licence.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “By making it easier to prosecute people illegally using their phone at the wheel, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st Century while further protecting all road users.
“While our roads remain among the safest in the world, we will continue working tirelessly to make them safer, including through our award-winning THINK! campaign, which challenges social norms among high-risk drivers.”
President of the AA Edmund King said, “By making mobile phone use as socially unacceptable as drink-driving, we are taking big steps to make our roads safer. For years, the AA has campaigned hard and helped educate drivers to the dangers from bad mobile phone use.
“To help ensure drivers get the message, we also need more cops in cars to help catch and deter those still tempted to pick up.”
RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said, “As our phones have become more sophisticated, the law has not kept pace and this has allowed some drivers who have been using their handheld phones for purposes other than communicating to exploit a loophole and avoid the maximum penalty.
“While today’s announcement is clearly good news, it’s absolutely vital that the new law is vigorously enforced otherwise there’s a risk that it won’t deliver the sort of behaviour change that will make our roads safer.”