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The Highway Code: update to rules on using mobile phones


From today (25 March), rules in The Highway Code are coming into force to make any hand-held use of a mobile phone while driving illegal, except in limited circumstances.


The changes were supported by 80% of respondents in a public consultation in 2021.


This means you must not use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline. The law applies to you if you’re:


- supervising a learner driver

- stopped at traffic lights

- queuing in traffic

- driving a car that turns the engine off when you stop moving

- holding and using a device that’s offline or in flight mode


There are exceptions, such as if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency or making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving.

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It’s simple really. Do not use your phone whilst driving. Do not touch your phone while driving. Yes you can use it to pay for your McDonald’s in the drive thru but no you cannot use it while waiting