Mobile Phones and Driving

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Today it’s easy to assume that everybody knows that it is an offence to use a handheld mobile phone whilst driving, but it appears not.

An employee of one of our clients maintains that he did not know that when questioned by the Police following a road traffic accident. Fortunately, the lady that he “clipped” whilst walking across a zebra crossing was not seriously injured, only suffering minor bruising. He hadn’t realised there was a zebra crossing as he had been distracted by taking a call on his mobile phone.

The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) carried out a survey in June 2018 of 2000 drivers and only 36% knew what the penalties were for using a mobile phone whilst driving. The RAC said: “…every year there are dozens of fatal crashes caused by motorists who have allowed themselves to be distracted by their phone.”

So, what does the law say? No driver should have a phone in their hands whilst their vehicle engine is running and this applies even if the vehicle is stationary – so if waiting at traffic lights or sat in a traffic jam, the phone should not be picked up.

What are the penalties? An automatic £200 fine and six penalty points and, if it goes to Court, a driver could lose their licence and receive a fine of up to £1,000.

So, please remind all drivers within your business that you do not expect them to be using their phone whilst on Company business.

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