Holding a telephone is not using a telephone
In February 2007 the government introduced legislation, which means that it is now a separate motor offence for using a handheld mobile telephone or similar device. Similar devices can include navigation equipment, computer equipment and smart phone devices.
An exception to the offence is whereby a motorist is using a device to make a ‘999’ emergency call and when it is unsafe or impractical to stop.
Punishment of Mobile Telephone Offences
A fine of up to £1000 and up to £2500 if driving a vehicle adapted to carry eight or more passengers and three penalty points.
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