The ‘Use of Mobile Phones While Driving’ is now considered illegal in the United Kingdom, with drivers facing a fine of (dollar)269 if caught.
UNITED KINGDOM: The UK government has announced that the use of handheld devices such as cellphones while driving will be prohibited soon.
Except in an emergency, it is now illegal to call or text your friends while driving, according to the government.
In 2022, the implementation will take effect.
By that time, the government will have enacted laws prohibiting drivers from playing video games or scrolling through their music playlists while driving.
In the United Kingdom, it is now illegal for drivers to use their cellphones while driving.
According to a report published by Engadget on Friday, November 19, the UK government announced that using a cellphone while driving will be illegal beginning next year.
Those who are caught will face a number of penalties.
The government also stated that the Highway Code would be revised to clarify that stationary vehicles are considered to be driving.
This means that a driver who comes to a halt due to a red light or traffic jam will be subject to the new rule.
Drivers in the United Kingdom who disobey the new road rule will be fined US$269 ($200) or £200.
Aside from that, their license will be penalized with six penalty points.
The worst punishment they could receive is license revocation, which means their license will be revoked and they will not be able to reapply for it.
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Who is exempt from driving while using a handheld device?
Drivers who use their cellphones or other handheld devices while driving are exempt from the law, according to the UK government’s official website.
Only if they use their phones for contactless payment while the vehicle is not moving will they be exempt from the law.
Paying at a card reader or a toll booth, for example.
It will also cover restaurant drive-through transactions.
The mobile phone crackdown law, on the other hand, applies to motorists who pay for online shopping.
Before the law was made public, drivers in the United Kingdom were permitted to use their handheld devices as long as they were not making a phone call or sending a text message.
As a result of this implementation, the authorities devised a plan to broaden the current regulations.
81 percent of UK respondents said they agreed with the government’s proposal for road safety measures.
In a statement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated that mobile phones are responsible for many deaths and injuries.
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