What is the law for using a mobile phone while driving?
It’s illegal to hold a mobile phone in your hand while driving – even if you just pick it up for a moment.
Using a handheld mobile is considered a distraction from driving which, according to the law, prevents you from staying in full control of your vehicle.
The mobile phone driving law also applies if:
- you stop at traffic lights
- you’re stuck in a traffic jam
- your vehicle is in automatic ‘stop-start’ mode
- you’re a passenger who is supervising a learner driver
The only times you are legally allowed to use a handheld mobile in your car are:
- if you’re safely parked (not in traffic)
- if you need to call 999 emergency services and it’s not safe to stop