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The Fleet Manager's Guide: Changes to the law on mobile phone use while driving

From 1st March 2017, there are harsher new penalties for using mobile phones while driving. Here, Trakm8 explains the law and how technology can help fleets prevent mobiles from being a dangerous distraction to drivers. We have put together a free whitepaper for fleet managers which explores in detail the changes to the law and the repercussions of distracted driving.

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone or similar device while driving any motor vehicle. This legislation applies even if you are queuing in traffic or stopped at traffic lights. The law says you must stay in control of your vehicle at all times – and the police can pull over any vehicle if they believe that the driver is distracted and not in control. They can stop you even if you are using a hands-free kit, or for using other devices such as a satnav or the car radio. In fact, the law applies to drivers using any kind of handheld communications device, including PDAs.

From 1st March 2017, the fixed penalty of a £100 fine and three points doubled to £200 and six points. Any driver receiving six points within the first two years of passing their test is automatically disqualified from driving.

In extreme cases, drivers could also be taken to court, where they face disqualification and fined a maximum of £1,000 – or up to £2,500 for drivers of heavy goods vehicles and buses or coaches. You can even be imprisoned for up to two years.

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