Are You Ready For New Mobile Phone In Cars Law?

Tue 5th Nov 2019

The UK Government has moved to close a ‘loophole’ in the law which will change the use of mobile phones while driving.

The change to the legislation comes almost 16 years after the first law surrounding mobile phone use in cars was first introduced. That law prohibited drivers from texting or phoning on their mobile phones while driving and with smartphones now capable of doing so much more, the law is in need of updating.

Changes to the law are needed because some drivers have got away with using their mobile phones on the technicality that they weren’t strictly using their phones for texting or phoning. For example, earlier this year a British man saw his conviction for filming a crash overturned as he wasn’t using his phone to communicate.

While some examples of using hands-free while driving are still legal, so long as your phone is attached to your windscreen or dashboard, some campaigners are arguing that all phone use, including hands free, should be banned.

A Commons Transport Select Committee has now called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to introduce tighter restrictions.

“We recognise that staying in touch with the world while travelling is an essential part of modern day life but we are also committed to making our roads safe,” said Shapps. “Drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone are hindering their ability to spot hazards and react in time – putting people’s lives at risk.

“We welcome the Transport Select Committee’s report, and share their drive to make our roads even safer which is why this review will look to tighten up the existing law to bring it into the 21st century, preventing reckless driving and reduce accidents on our roads.”