Mobile Phone

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Offence

It is an offence to use a mobile phone or to cause another or permit another driver to use the phone whilst driving a vehicle.  The offence is only committed where it is the hand held type and you are making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function, such as, texting.

Defences

There is an exemption if the person using the mobile phone is:

  • making a call to an emergency service;
  • is acting in response to a genuine emergency; and
  • that it is unsafe or impracticable to make this call whilst driving.

The prosecution have to prove a number of elements for their case to be successful and these may be factual or technical.

Punishment

The maximum punishment for this offence is a fine of £1,000 and discretionary disqualification or licence endorsed with 3 penalty points.

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