Driving laws in UK get tough on drivers talking on mobile phones
Posted on 30-Nov-2003 11:17.
Filed under: News
On 1 December 2003 British authorities will start enforcing a change in driving law that makes placing a mobile phone call while driving liable for a fine of £30. And if you choose to argue the point in court, you could be fined up to £1,000 (or £2,500 for drivers of vans, lorries, buses and coaches).
Even with a handsfree or headset the driver drivers should remember that the police can still use existing legislation (for failure to have proper control) if a driver is distracted by a call on a hands-free phone. If there is an incident and the driver is using any phone (hand-held or hands-free) or similar device, then there is a risk of prosecution for careless or dangerous driving.
Apparently as long as your engine is running, you're in the wrong, which means that even if you're parked an officer can issue a ticket. Employers can also be liable, if they require staff to use a mobile behind the wheel.
The simple act of having the mobile phone in your hands to dial a number can be seen as an offense. So, be prepared. If you live in UK or plan to drive there during holidays, make sure you have a mobile phone capable of voice dialing - and a Bluetooth headset.
In the same way you can be arrested for eating or drinking at the wheel, using a hands-free kit irresponsibly could also land you in court.
"People are confused and are asking us lots of questions about what the new law allows them to do. We've been advising our customers for years on how to use their mobiles responsibly. Our advice is simple, hang up or go hands free.", says Andrew Harrison, Chief Exec, The Carphone Warehouse.
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