Being in proper control of a vehicle is vital for road safety. That is why there are strict rules and harsh penalties in place for anyone caught using a handheld device when they are driving. To remain safe and avoid the consequences, it is wise to invest in a hands free kit. C & N Car Services Limited can supply kits for a wide variety of devices. Our team also provide professional fitting.
What are the laws on handheld devices?
It is illegal to use a handheld device, whether it is a mobile phone or sat-nav, when behind the wheel or riding a motorcycle in the UK. Devices should be bluetooth, voice command, dashboard or windscreen mounted, or built in. When mounting a device it must not block the view of the road. In addition, drivers cannot use hand-held devices when they stop at lights or queue in traffic.
Are there any times you can use a phone?
There are only two situations when you can use a hand-held mobile phone in a vehicle. Firstly it is fine if you safely pull over and park. Secondly, you can use the device to call the emergency services if it is unsafe to stop.
What are the penalties?
The currently penalties are as follows:
- 6 penalty points and a £200 fine for using a hand-held device
- 3 penalty points if a device obscures your view of the road
- Loss of license if you passed within two years of being caught
- A driving ban
- A maximum fine up to £1,000 or £2,500 if you are a bus or lorry driver
Get a hands free kit
As you can see it is not worth taking the risk. Therefore, it is better to invest in a hands free kit and ensure it is installed correctly. C & N Car Services Limited supplies a wide selection of kits, offering the perfect combination of quality and value for money. Costs start from just £150, including full fitting.
If you would like any help choosing a kit, please contact us.