New Laws For Mobile Phone Use Behind The Wheel – Can You Pass Our Quiz?
You could ask anyone if it’s illegal to use a mobile phone when driving and you can be pretty sure the answer would be a resounding “yes”.
Using your mobile phone while driving seems a clear enough concept, but are the rules around what constitutes mobile phone use as straightforward as they seem? With more changes to the law being implemented in November 2019, make sure you’re up to date with the all of the legislation.
Take our quiz to see if you can get full marks. You can check out our page on this subject to review the information afterwards, once you’ve completed the quiz.
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#1 If you are caught using your mobile phone whilst driving, you can choose to either pay a £ 200 fine or take 6 penalty points.
#2 Laws relating to using mobile phones in the UK were first enacted in 2003
#3 It’s okay to interact with your phone whilst driving as long as you’re only using it for sat nav purposes
#4 A new driver who has held a licence for 2 years or less would instantly lose their licence if caught using their mobile and driving
#5 You can search and dial a contact in your phone whilst driving as long as you are using a fully hands-free method to make the call
#6 The reaction times when texting or checking a mobile phone whilst driving is double that of drink driving
#7 As long as you’re stationary, such as waiting at lights or in traffic, it is okay to check or use your phone
#8 If you’re supervising a learner driver in the car, it’s okay to use your phone as you’re not driving the car
#9 Holding your phone to make a call whilst driving is fine, as long as the speakerphone is enabled and the phone is not held to your ear
#10 1 in 5 motorists admit to checking social media or messages whilst sat in traffic
#11 If deemed extreme enough, the police can increase the standard penalties for mobile use, including larger fines and disqualification
#12 In some European countries, using a headset or earphone-type hands free device is also against the law
#13 Only interaction with a mobile phone for communication purposes is illegal whilst driving
#14 It’s okay to take a photo or record footage whilst driving if it will be helpful as evidence to the police
#15 The only time it is really safe to use your mobile in any way whilst behind the wheel is when you’re safely parked up with the engine off
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