Health & Safety
Mobile Phones and Driving
31 December 2010
In the regulation that came into force on 1 December 2003, it is a specific offence to use a hand held phone or similar device, when driving.
Legislation on Mobile Phones and Driving - Frequently Asked Questions
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- What does the regulation say about hand-held phones?
- Is hands-free phone equipment allowed?
- What about texting/Internet access/video phones?
- Will drivers still be able to use navigation equipment or personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other computer equipment that sends or receives data (which would include GPS transmissions)?
- Why are you not banning the use of hands-free mobile phones while driving?
- Will mobile phones have to be switched off in vehicles?
- What if the phone rings when I'm driving?
- Who do the new regulations apply to?
- Do the new mobile phone regulations apply to cyclists?
- Can I use a hand-held mobile phone when stopped in a traffic jam?
- Are there any exemptions?
- Will I be able to cradle a phone between my ear and shoulder?
- Are employers guilty of an offence if their employees use a hand-held phone while driving?
- Are two-way radios be included in the new offence?
- If you prohibit using mobile phones, then surely you'll have to stop people talking or tuning the radio? What powers do the police have?
- Is the offence endorsable?
- Where can I go for more information?