Legal to use your mob while cars engine is running??

16 replies
Found 19th Sep 2009
Hi a min ago I pulled over and stopped to answer my mobile, as I done this a police car drove past me and into the direction i was heading ,if he was going to fine me would he of done that there and then??maybe he just didn't see me??

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it's legal to use your mobile while in the car IF the engine is OFF
It's generally taken to mean, the keys NOT in the ignition.

IF you know its illegal to use your phone in the car, why take the risk anyway?

supermod

iam.org.uk/pre…htm

It is a specific offence to use a hand-held phone when driving. A … It is a specific offence to use a hand-held phone when driving. A hand-held device is something that “is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function.” A motorist can regard driving as meaning a vehicle with the engine running. In simple terms you can use a mobile as long as you don’t hold the phone and you can’t use a hand-held phone if the engine is running.



He must not have seen you.

Can't you get into trouble for being stationary with the engine running at the side of the road?

Original Poster

So he would of gave me a on the spot fine

what about using a hands free kit?

strobez1977;6334913

So he would of gave me a on the spot fine



£60 and 3 points.

But if he wants to be a total **** you cant win. You leave the engine on and you get a ticket or turn it off and he gives you a ticket for obstruction of the highway!

no point in worrying xx

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD;6334930

£60 and 3 points.But if he wants to be a total **** you cant win. You … £60 and 3 points.But if he wants to be a total **** you cant win. You leave the engine on and you get a ticket or turn it off and he gives you a ticket for obstruction of the highway!



Solooks like I got away with it then

I never get these handsfree ones cos you've got to use your hands at some point haven't you?

Provided you are not causing an obstruction, parked illegally or parking contrary to parking restrictions on that road. Then you won't get done by a copper for sitting in your car with your keys out of the ignition and talking on your phone, no matter what the copper is like. (besides I'd be surprised if most coppers knew the parking laws these days)

I always take the keys out of the ignition when I use my phone and am parked up on the road. However I make sure I am legally entitled to be parked up on that part of the road.

It's a horribly grey area, there have been instances of over zealous coppers booking people who are parked with their engines running. However, if they we going to do something, they would have done it there and then, so you are OK.

For about the cost of two tickets (£120) you can get a Nokia in car hands free kit, with a microphone and linked to the speakers.

Benjimoron;6335129

I never get these handsfree ones cos you've got to use your hands at some … I never get these handsfree ones cos you've got to use your hands at some point haven't you?



No, with some bluetooth phones you can set it to auto answer to your bluetooth headset when a call comes in... and even without that turned on it's usually only pressing a button on the bluetooth headset... so no different than scratching your ear.

davelfc;6335365

Provided you are not causing an obstruction, parked illegally or parking … Provided you are not causing an obstruction, parked illegally or parking contrary to parking restrictions on that road. Then you won't get done by a copper for sitting in your car with your keys out of the ignition and talking on your phone, no matter what the copper is like. (besides I'd be surprised if most coppers knew the parking laws these days)I always take the keys out of the ignition when I use my phone and am parked up on the road. However I make sure I am legally entitled to be parked up on that part of the road.



Well technically parking on any public highway is an offense. The worst offenders for this is councils who put parking bays and then charge you to park illegally!

Wow, I never knew you could get booked for being on the phone with the car engine running. I often see people pull over to the side of the road to take a call (have done it myself), I thought you just had to be stationary to be ok.

Am aware of this now, what a mine of information this Forum is. Thanks everyone.

I think that they rather you were stopped the driving and on the phone..IMO I hate it when LORRY drivers are on there phones...they should be sacked!

KazzyD;6335753

Wow, I never knew you could get booked for being on the phone with the … Wow, I never knew you could get booked for being on the phone with the car engine running. I often see people pull over to the side of the road to take a call (have done it myself), I thought you just had to be stationary to be ok.Am aware of this now, what a mine of information this Forum is. Thanks everyone.



Never heard of this in my life before when the car was stationary..... Ah well, something new learned every day

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