It is common knowledge now that it’s a big no when it comes to using mobile phones when driving; it puts lives (including your own) at risk and it’s the fastest way to get a fine and points on your licence. But what’s not really in the know is that using your phone whilst in the passenger seat could also earn you some points and a fine too.
How can I get a fine & points as a passenger?
If you’re at least 21 and held your licence for at least three years, you’ll be allowed to legally supervise someone with a provisional licence (an L plate must be on the car at all times). With that being said, you will be the one ultimately in charge of the vehicle; so using a mobile device will give you the same penalty as if you was the one driving. Traffic police are now on the lookout for L-plate cars with passengers using mobile devices.
The same rule applies with drinking over the limit, if you are the one supervising you could ultimately end up with a ban.
When can I use my mobile phone in the car?
You are not allowed to use your mobile phone at the wheel or come in to any form of contact with the mobile phone at any time whist driving even in traffic. Even if the phone iPhones on a secure holder, you cannot press the accept call button on the phone in order to talk to someone.
Using your mobile phone in any form such as changing the song, or even putting in a destination on a map is all classed as an offence which results in six points and a £200 fine.
The only time you can use your phone is when you are pulled over at the side of the road in a safe place with the engine off. The only time you can use your phone whilst driving is when you need to make an emergency call to 999 or 112 and it isn’t safe to stop.
If you are just a passenger and not the supervising a learner, you can use your phone as much as you like. However just bear in mind that anything you do could distract the driver and you may be partially liable if an accident does happen.