Drivers using their mobile phones will receive six points on their license and a £200 fine. New drivers will lose their license completely under new laws from this week (March 1st)
Using a phone at the wheel has been illegal since 2003, and new tougher laws have seen the £100 fine double.
The new laws apply to all motor vehicle drivers and people supervising learning drivers.
The tougher punishments come alongside a new campaign, from road safety charity, the AA trust, that says you’re twice as likely to crash, text driving than drunk driving following the hashtag #nevertextrdrive.
You only need to be seen to be prosecuted. The police are using unmarked lorries to observe drivers, the higher seating in a lorry enables a view down on the car.
The prosecutions also apply when using devices such as the navigation systems and the radio system.
The RAC surveyed 1,714 motorists and 31 percent of them said they used a mobile phone behind the wheel compared with 8 percent in 2014.
So when can you use your mobile phone when driving?
The answer is never, you can only use a hand held device when your car is stationary and the engine is turned off.
It is illegal to use anything hand held.
What if I need to change my route on the navigation system?
You should prepare a route before starting your car, if a new route appears on your sat nav it is ok to press yes or no to the alternative route.
But again can be a distraction and the driver could be found liable if an incident were to occur.
What counts as hands free?
Hands free is legal.
These include dashboard holders or cradles, earphones or a Bluetooth connection.
Smart watches and voice-activated software are legal, but again can be a distraction, and the driver may be liable for other offences.