Tough new rules for all drivers across UK in force from Friday, March 25 – Leicestershire Live

Everything you need to know to avoid a huge fine, up to six points and possibly a driving ban
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New laws come into force on Friday, 25 March that will affect drivers across Great Britain. The law aims to combat the use of mobile phones while driving. The set of laws being enforced by the Department for Transport (DfT) means it’s now illegal in most cases, to use or hold your phone while you’re behind the wheel.
It's already illegal for drivers to use their phone to text, call or use the internet while driving, including when the car is stationary at traffic lights. With the new laws, it's now also illegal to:
Use your sat nav, if it's unsecure (hand held)
Take pictures and videos
Play video games
Scroll through music playlists
Unlock phone, check notifications or access apps while driving, to name but a few
Commenting on these new laws, Andy Tomlinson, COO at leading flexible car insurance provider, Cuvva said: "These laws are here to protect all road users. There’s no need to pick up your phone while driving and the rules echo this sentiment. Not only are you putting yourself in danger, you're also risking lives around you when you take your eyes off the road.
"The rules factor in the ways people now use their phones to simply prevent dangerous distractions, like scrolling through your Spotify playlist or taking a quick snap.”
Why are the laws changing?
Phones have advanced since the law was implemented in 2003 and the government believes the law should reflect how people use phones now.
What happens if I get caught using my phone?
If you get caught using your phone while driving, you could be faced with a fine of up to £1,000, which increases to £2,500 for bus and lorry drivers, and six points on your licence or a full driving ban.
According to the government, an offender can lose their licence after two offences, while new drivers, who have held a drivers licence for less than two years will lose their licence after one offence.
When can I use my phone?
You can use your phone to call emergency services if you're not able to pull over safely or at a drive-through or parking, for example, when stationary and making a purchase via contactless payment.
When is the new law coming into force?
The law will come into force on 25 March 2022, affecting drivers in England, Scotland and Wales.


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