Mobile Phone Offences
Prosecution For Using A Mobile Phone While Driving
It is an offence (except in emergency) to hold and use while driving a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data. Use includes, for example, making or receiving calls, sending or reading texts, taking or accessing photos or videos, web browsing, accessing music, checking the time, checking notifications and even just illuminating the screen. The law still applies if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic, including motorway jams, or supervising a learner driver.
In short, it is an offence to use a device in your hand for any reason, even if it is offline or in flight mode.
For alleged offences committed before 25th March 2022, the rules are different.
Hands free use is not caught by the mobile phone legislation. You can use a device with hands-free access, as long as you don’t hold it at any time during usage. However, use of such a device may arguably in some cases be evidence of not being in proper control of the vehicle and/or careless or even dangerous driving.
You can also face prosecution if you are supervising a learner driver and using a mobile phone.
If you are convicted of a mobile phone offence, you face six penalty points on your licence and a fine. This could result in a disqualification from driving if your points add up under the totting up regulations. If you are a new driver, (test passed within the last two years), and receive six points, your licence would be revoked and you would have to re-take your test.
If you’ve been accused of using a mobile phone whilst driving, our expert solicitors can help! Call us on 0161 834 9494 or contact us online.
Defending Against A Mobile Phone Offence
At Richard Silver, we have won acquittals for numerous drivers who have been wrongly accused of using a mobile phone whilst driving. Where necessary, we have obtained digital evidence from their phone provider in support of their case.
Sentences For Driving Whilst Using A Mobile Phone
If you are convicted of using a mobile phone whilst driving, you will be found guilty of a CU80 offence, which is the ‘breach of requirements as to control of the vehicle, relating to a mobile telephone.’
This results in a fine and six penalty points on your driving licence. (Three penalty points for offences committed before 1st March 2017).
You could in certain circumstances also be charged with careless or dangerous driving as well, which can carry heavier sentences.
Our team of experienced and knowledgeable solicitors can help you in these cases too.
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