1 When did the Law change.
The law banning hand held mobile phone calls whilst driving came into effect on 1 December 2003.2 What are the penalties for using a hand held mobile whilst driving?
You face an on the spot fine of £30, rising to £1,000 if you are convicted in Court.3 So can I use a mobile with a hands free kit?
Yes! Providing you do not need to hold the device at any time during the call.
Pushing buttons on a phone in a cradle is not covered by the current law, although you could be prosecuted if you fail to have proper control of your vehicle.4. What if the phone rings whilst I am driving?
If you do not have a hands free car kit then you should let it ring. Alternatively, use your voicemail, and turn it on before you start your journey.5 Can I use my mobile when my car is stopped?
No, unless you have a hands free car kit. The law applies to when you are driving so if you are stopped at traffic lights, or in a traffic jam, you still need to comply with the law.6 I still see many drivers with a mobile glued to their ear; Is that legal?
No. These drivers are breaking the law, and most often are also driving poorly and dangerously. The law covers holding of phones and includes holding the phone between your shoulder and your ear.7 Can I get points on my licence?
No, at least not yet. There are plans to increase the penalty to £60 and 3 penalty points but the Government have not published a timetable for this as yet.8 Can I send a text then?
No, as you would need to hold the phone to do so. If you get a text whilst driving, wait until you stop before reading and replying to it.9 Perhaps it would be best to leave my mobile at home>
Not really. Phones in cars can have many benefits as they provide security and help in an emergency.10 Can I check the law out for myself?
Of course. The full text is available here