Mander Hadley Logo


Mander Hadley Solicitors in Coventry 024 7663 1212


Mander Hadley Solicitors in Kenilworth 01926 857631

Cover all
  the angles

Related links Down Arrow

Make an enquiry Down Arrow

Read more articles in: Blog, Criminal, Mander Hadley

Any use of hand-held mobile phone while driving to be made illegal

Any use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving will be made a criminal offence, the Government has announced.

The move will make it illegal to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists, or play games while at the wheel from 2022.

The move comes after texting and making phone calls (other than in an emergency) was made a criminal offence in 2007.

It means that anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice (FPN) and six points on their licence.

As part of the plans, the Government will also make it clear that being stationary in traffic counts as driving – meaning it is illegal to use hand-held devices at traffic lights or in motorway jams.

Motorists will still be permitted to continue using a hands-free device, such as a sat-nav, providing it is secured in a cradle. Drivers will also be allowed to make contactless payments using their mobile phone while stationary, such as at a drive-through restaurant or on a toll road.

The change comes after a court overturned a charge for using a mobile phone while driving as the user was filming a crash, rather than using the device for “communication” reasons.

The Department for Transport said the measure will help police “more easily prosecute drivers”.

“Too many deaths and injuries occur while mobile phones are being held,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

“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.”

In a consultation published last year, eight in 10 (81 per cent) adults supported proposals to strengthen the law and make it easier for culprits to be prosecuted.

Have you been accused of committing a crime? We help clients through all stages of the criminal justice process. For advice and representation, get in touch with our expert team today.

Mander Hadley

Mander Hadley Solicitors is not only a long established firm, but is vibrant and successful, with a forward thinking approach.