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08 July 2019

Mobile telephone use whilst driving

Since 1 March 2017 the penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving has increased to a fine of £200 and 6 penalty points.

What is use

Using a phone doesn’t just mean making a call or sending text messages it includes any physical interaction with the phone (e.g. skipping music tracks and declining calls). If you can access your phone using voice commands only then you can interact with your phone whilst driving, as long as you are not distracted by the use which can lead to other offences being committed such as driving without due care and attention.

Phones can be used for satellite-navigation if the destination is set before driving and the phone is not touched until reaching your destination or at a safe place to stop. A safe place to stop does not mean sitting in stationary traffic or at a red light. In these situations, it is considered that the driver is still in control of the vehicle and using a mobile phone in these situations is still an offence.

New drivers

Drivers having recently passed their test need to be mindful of the consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving. For two years from the date of passing the driving test, a new driver must not receive 6 or more points on their licence. If 6 or more points are added to their licence it will be revoked by the DVLA.


For drivers not considered to be a new driver, the consequences of receiving 6 points may not be as serious if they have a clean licence. If they have received 6 or more points within a 3 year period they face being disqualified for a minimum of 6 months.

Collecting 12 or more points is known as totting and is covered by Jonothan Moss

How we can help?

If you receive a notice from the police in relation to using a mobile phone whilst driving, or any motoring offence, please contact the dispute resolution team on 01759 279039 or email

Jonothan Moss

Jonothan Moss

Tel: 01753 278665 | 07891 990858

James Constable

James Constable

Tel: 01753 279039 | 07341 566327

Matthew Brandis

Matthew Brandis

Tel: 01753 279039 | 07894 607843

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