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    Using a phone whilst driving - what's the law?

    Anyone know whether or not the following are illegal or punishable?

    - Driving using a phone as a SatNav (phone in a holder, stuck to the windscreen).
    - Driving whilst using a phone in a holder on loudspeaker.
    - Driving whilst using a phone in a holder but using a bluetooth ear piece.

    Anyone know the legality of these? Cheers!

    17 Comments

    Banned

    think it only illegal if you are holding the phone

    If any of the above have put you off concentrating on driving............You can be done for it!

    Mmmmm

    How do the police operate their equipment then?

    They have the same chance of hearing of something catastrophic or personal as we do :-)

    i use bluetooth while driving, never been stopped maybe its become my windows are tinted!

    ukpbz;2739759

    MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same … MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same chance of hearing of something catastrophic or personal as we do :-)




    exemption under the act in case of emergency calls......:thumbsup:

    ukpbz;2739759

    MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same … MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same chance of hearing of something catastrophic or personal as we do :-)



    I had often wondered about this one but I see there is an exemption .
    Also wondered about solo pilots and cars full of screaming kids (who may be fighting)

    I suppose its best to leave everything, cos even if you are operating a hands free kit and you run someone over, its ur fault. and they will see it as dangerous driving.

    aircanman;2739922

    I suppose its best to leave everything, cos even if you are operating a … I suppose its best to leave everything, cos even if you are operating a hands free kit and you run someone over, its ur fault. and they will see it as dangerous driving.



    umm.....im sorry if your running people over you shouldnt be driving

    As far as I am aware, it is legal to operate a bluetooth headset whilst driving. However, if you so much as touch your phone when driving (even to pick up the call) you can be fined. The advise given is to pull over where it is safe to do so and to switch off both lights and engine to make / receive a call.

    Exceptions to the rule are that if you have a radio license, then you are exempt, unless you are driving dangerously of course!

    do you remember the lady who got done-for when drinking water whilst stopped at lights?

    qazim;2739946

    umm.....im sorry if your running people over you shouldnt be driving



    lol, if some people remember the bad driving thread. . . I only drive down the middle lane of the motorway, there no people there!

    my mate got 3 points and £60 fine for taking his mobile out his pocket and placing it on the dash, a copper saw him and pulled him. My mate wasn't using it, I was sat next to him. Was just digging in his leg, copper was a jobsworth.

    Paddy_o_furniture;2740674

    my mate got 3 points and £60 fine for taking his mobile out his pocket … my mate got 3 points and £60 fine for taking his mobile out his pocket and placing it on the dash, a copper saw him and pulled him. My mate wasn't using it, I was sat next to him. Was just digging in his leg, copper was a jobsworth.



    i would of appealed it.

    aircanman;2740132

    lol, if some people remember the bad driving thread. . . I only drive … lol, if some people remember the bad driving thread. . . I only drive down the middle lane of the motorway, there no people there!



    when im on the A13, i always use the middle lane its always clear and theres no speed cameras my audi flysssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    All of the things you mentioned are legal, however as another poster mentions, if the police consider them to be distracting you (driving without due care and attention) then they can do you for that.

    It's worth mentioning that driving whilst talking on a hands-free is just as distracting (in a cognitive sense) as actually holding the phone - the law is a bit ridiculous in that respect, they should either allow phone use or ban it completely IMO.

    As I recall the law covering phones was lumped in with 'due care and attention'.

    However, I am sure the new law was specific to mobiles - in even specifying the frequency of the equipment, so excluding police and taxi drivers etc.

    I was interrupted while using my phone in a park with driveways through it (Pollok Estate in Glasgow). The car was stopped and I was waiting for a gap in the traffic leaving which seemed to be taking for ever - and was sitting in a bit like a field that had been used as a car park.

    A cop on a push bike came up and said I should not be using a mobile with the engine running.

    Funnily - in the same park - the police have removed the road signs so they can drive out the short way rather than follow the far longer one way system, when they leave their dog/horse training facility.

    Banned

    ukpbz;2739759

    MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same … MmmmmHow do the police operate their equipment then?They have the same chance of hearing of something catastrophic or personal as we do :-)


    plus we have handsfree radio`s :roll:

    dog_cop;2747682

    plus we have handsfree radio`s :roll:



    Its only fair the police can keep their hands free.

    Thereby enabling them to continue behaving like a shower of :whistling: :whistling: :whistling:

    :-D
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