New laws for using a mobile phone in the car

30th March 2022

Drivers are at risk of receiving big fines as well as points on their license.

From March 25th, handling a phone or mobile device, whether that is checking notifications, checking the time or unlocking the device will be banned under the new rules.

Any driver caught breaking these rules could result in a £200 fine or six points. Here is everything you need to know about the new rules:

Drivers will not be able to:

  • Illuminate the screen,
  • Check the time,
  • Check notifications,
  • Unlock the device,
  • Make, receive or reject phone calls,
  • Send, receive or upload any content,
  • Utilise camera, video or sound recording functionality,
  • Draft any text,
  • Access any stored data such as audio files, videos or documents,
  • Access and application,
  • Access the internet

When does this law apply?:

  • Stopped at traffic lights,
  • Queuing in traffic,
  • Supervising a learner driver,
  • Driving a car that turns off the engine when you stop moving,
  • Holding and using a device that’s offline or in flight mode

It is vital you stay in control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because of distractions.

You can only use a hand held device if:

  • You need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or impractical to stop,
  • You’re safely parked,
  • You’re making a contactless payment in a vehicle that’s not moving, eg, drive-through restaurant,
  • You’re using the device to park your vehicle remotely.