Mobile Related Driving Offences
Since 2013 one of the most common offences under the ‘careless driving’ category of UK motoring law is the use of mobile devices whilst driving. Penalties were increased in 2017 to try and stem an increase in offences and today you risk a £200 fine and six points on your driving licence if caught on a device whist driving.
To some, those six points can be vital - the difference, for example, between keeping a job and losing it (if the six points push the total to 12 or above, leading to an automatic disqualification).
If you are at risk of losing your driving licence for this, or any other driving offence, then contact dedicated road traffic offence solicitors NGP. There may be aspects of your case which are less clear-cut than you may think. Use of hands-free devices whilst driving, to navigate, for example, remains legal, although if it can be proved the device causes distraction and affects your ability to drive safely then you could be prosecuted.
According to UK driving law handheld mobile use is legal only if your vehicle is safely parked. However, there are certain circumstances where exceptions are permissible, for example in the event of an emergency where you need to call 999 or 112 when it is ‘unsafe or impractical’ to stop.
Every case tends to have its own set of unique circumstances and with our in-depth knowledge of the complexities of driving law and mobile devices, NGP is well placed to advise you on your best course of action. Contact us 24/7 on 02083095010.