A new change to the driving law is imposed to tackle drivers who are already committing a traffic offence.
The driving rule will see a tougher crackdown on drivers caught using their handheld device while driving their vehicle, daily reports.
Initially enacted in 2003, motorists are already banned from using hand-held devices, but the rule will be tightened in a few weeks.
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From Friday (March 25), the new law will lay down the updated offense which is effective “under virtually all circumstances”, including at a red light or stuck in traffic.
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This rule refers to any device, including texting, calling, checking notifications, using the internet, or taking photos or videos.
The penalty is a £200 fine or six penalty points, but there is an exception.
A violator would lose their license after two offenses or, for new drivers who have been licensed for less than two years, a single offense would result in their license being revoked.
The House of Commons Library has published an overview of the Driving Act which outlines what the new Driving Act will entail.
The government has said a specific reason will allow drivers to use their phones while driving and not be punished under the restrictions.
Currently, drivers can use their phone while driving in an emergency.
Drivers will be permitted to hold and use a device while driving to make contactless payment at a payment terminal for goods or services.
The vehicle should be stationary and the paid item should be provided at the same time or after the contactless payment.
An example of this would be paying for parking or paying for coffee at a drive-thru using a phone.
A cell phone can still be used for navigation, as long as it is kept in a holder and not in the driver’s hand.
The government said it would update its website and traffic rules to reduce any misunderstandings about the law.
He said he would focus particularly on the difference between hands-free and hands-free.
The decision was met with overwhelming support, with the RAC “strongly welcoming” the change in the law.
They recognized that it must be applied correctly to really make the roads safer.
The Transportation Research Lab said the changes to the law make sense, but drivers need more education to understand the new rules.
Shaun Helman, Chief Scientist at TRL, said: “The emphasis on ‘handheld’ devices misses the point.
“Drivers’ eyes and minds need to be on the road and it’s not enough to make sure their hands are on the wheel.
“As a society, we need to be braver in what we demand of drivers, policy and design when it comes to road safety.
“We have to ask ourselves if we are happy for people to drive below their optimal performance level, and if so, how far below?
“In short, how safe is security enough?”