Drivers set to face tougher mobile phone laws in 2022 with new £200 fine and six points

UK mobile phone driving laws explained by the RAC

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Under current legislation, it is illegal to make phone call using a hand-held device while driving. However, the new driving law will close a loophole to prevent motorists from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through social media or play games.

Those caught touching their device for any reason will be issued a £200 fine and up to six penalty points on their driving licence.

The new rule will “be more precise” that being stationary in traffic would count as driving,

The Department for Transport (DfT) said this would ensure drivers understood it would be “illegal” to use a phone in motorway traffic jams.

However, the DfT confirmed drivers will still be able to use ‘hands-free’ while behind the wheel if it is secured in a cradle.

An exemption will also be made for those making a contactless payment with their phones while stationary.

This will cover drivers paying with a card reader at restaurants or road tolls to keep pace with modern technology.

Transport Secretary Grants Shapps said the new update would help “protect all road users”.

He said: “Too many deaths and injuries occur whilst mobile phones are being held.

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“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.”

The new rule has been introduced after a public consultation backed the changes.

A total of 82 percent of respondents supported the proposals to strengthen the law to boost road safety.

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