Driving while using a mobile phone
If you are have been charged, or are likely to be charged with the above offence, contact us to speak to one of our specialist motoring offences solicitors who will assess your case and advise you on a possible defence.
Contrary to popular belief it is possible to mount a successful defence against motoring offence charges and it may be possible to avoid disqualification in cases where this would cause exceptional hardship, or where special reasons can be shown in mitigation.
Mobile phone offences have been introduced recently and the penalties for these offences have also been increased more recently. There are 3 types of offence which relate to driving on a road while using a hand held mobile telephone or a specified hand held device. They are:
- Use of a hand held telephone by the driver of a vehicle
- Causing or permitting the use by the driver
- Supervising a provisional licence holder while using a telephone
The use of a mobile phone includes texting as well as making phone calls.
The penalty if convicted is 6 penalty points and a fine of up to £1000 for car drivers or up to £2500 for HGV and passenger vehicle drivers.
In addition to this you may face disqualification if you already have 9 or more points on your licence. This is known as totting up; please see our separate web page on this.
New drivers who receive 6 penalty points must retake their theory and practical tests.
If you are charged with any offence relating to mobile phone use while driving contact us and our experienced motoring offences solicitors will help with your defence.