Mobile phone laws should be strengthened to ‘outlaw’ hands-free devices

UK mobile phone driving laws explained by the RAC

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Nick Freeman, known as Mr Loophole, has argued even using a hands-free device could still be “just as dangerous”. Last week, the Government announced it would strengthen existing laws to ban drivers from using a hand-held mobile phone under any circumstances.

However, the rule means drivers can continue to use a hands-free device if it is secured in a cradle.

However, Mr Freeman claims the level of distraction while using a hands-free divide is the same as motorists who drink and drive.

He said: “The Government needs to say any use of a mobile phone in a car should be outlawed even if it is hands-free and resting in a cradle.

“If we are talking about making our roads safer, why say you can use a phone for this purpose or that purpose if it is in a cradle when in reality it is just as dangerous as if you had it pressed against your ear.

“In terms of distraction, hands-free has been equated with just below the level at which you’re permitted to drink and drive.

“Which means the chances of you having an accident using hands-free increases four-fold.

“The stakes are just too high.”

The Department for Transport confirmed drivers could sue hands-free for use of certain features such as sat-navs.

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However, road users must take “responsibility” for their driving even when using a hands-free device.

They warn motorists could still be charged if they are not in “proper control” of their vehicle whilst using a hands-free device.

The new phone laws will be introduced after a public consultation found widespread support.

A massive 81 percent of respondents said they supported plans to strengthen the law.

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