If so, don’t use your mobile phone whilst sitting in the passenger seat or you could be fined £200 and six points!

 

It seems a number of drivers in the UK are breaking the law without being aware of it, by using their mobile phone whilst in the passenger seat.

We all know that it’s against the law to use a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel, however this rule can also apply to a licence holder who isn’t driving.

According to industry experts, if you’re supervising a learner driver you’re also bound by the same rules and could be issued with a £200 fine and six penalty points if caught using your mobile phone – just the same as the person who’s in control of the vehicle but why?

If so, don't use your mobile phone whilst sitting in the passenger seat or you could be fined £200 and six points

Teaching a friend or loved one how to drive? Don’t use your mobile phone in the passenger seat! © Copyright Basher Eyre and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

“Supervising a learner actually puts you in the driving seat, so legally you must treat it in the same way as if you were behind the wheel,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research.

This law applies not only to professional driving instructors but also to family members teaching a loved one or a friend.

In March 2017, tougher penalties were introduced in the UK for anyone caught breaking the law regarding mobile phone use behind the wheel, with £200 fines and six penalty points now handed out to those caught flouting the law.

New drivers can now have their licence fully renounced if they manage to reach six points within their first two years on the road.

Motorists in the UK are now faced with some of the toughest punishments in Europe when it comes to mobile phone offences behind the wheel, yet despite the crackdown it seems as though a good number of drivers think themselves above the law and continue to use their phone whilst driving – around 30,000 motorists in 2017 were caught for the offence.

Legally, drivers can pull over in a safe place with the engine switched off to use their phone and only in a real emergency, with no safe place to stop, can you use a handheld device to dial 999 whilst driving.

 

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