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  • Writer's pictureEllis Wood ADI

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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