It’s already illegal to hold a phone or a sat nav whilst driving. More mobile phone rules are coming into effect from 25th March 2022. Many drivers may be wondering how these law changes will impact them? Taxi and private hire drivers will be particularly concerned regarding the use of Apps such as Freenow, Bolt, Uber and routing services such as Waze.
With the new guidance in place drivers will be unable to illuminate the screen or check notifications and professional drivers will no be allowed to access an app to accept a new fare whilst driving. Please ensure you check the full list of rules below. Failing to adhere to these new rules carries a minimum fine of £200 and 6 points on your driving licence – so for instance if you’re caught twice, this could result in you losing your driving licence.
List of examples you cannot do when driving a vehicle from March 25th 2022…
- illuminating the screen
- checking the time
- checking notifications
- unlocking the device
- making, receiving, or rejecting a telephone or internet based call
- sending, receiving or uploading oral or written content
- sending, receiving or uploading a photo or video
- utilising camera, video, or sound recording
- drafting any text
- accessing any stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, films, playlists, notes or messages
- accessing an app
- accessing the internet
So as you can see from the extensive list above, this now means unless you are safely parked you will no longer be legally allowed to access your phone. For taxi and private hire drivers you will only be able to accept a job, should one arise whilst stopped and no longer driving.
To stay up to date with law changes regarding driving and mobile phone use, please access the GOV UK website here.