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Expanding the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to include non-connected mobile application actions

Summary

Proposes expanding the mobile phones while driving rules to include the use of stored, non-connected ('standalone mode' or 'flight mode') functions.

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Consultation description

Consultation proposing:

  • broadening the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving so that it captures standalone mode functions as well as the existing interactive communication functions
  • to introduce a new exemption to the using a hand-held mobile phone while driving offence to allow drivers to make contactless payments using a mobile phone at appropriate locations, for example at drive through food outlets

These changes, if implemented, will need to be reflected in The Highway Code, and the consultation document includes the suggested revised wording.

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Published 17 October 2020