There are three different ways in which the offence of using a mobile phone while driving can be committed, all of which will result in three penalty points and a fine.
- using a handheld device while driving,
- causing or permitting the use by the driver, and
- supervising a provisional licence holder while using a hand-held mobile.
The latter two particularly affect employers who require or permit their staff to use a hand-held mobile while driving and passengers supervising learner drivers.
However, even if you use a hands-free mobile, you can be prosecuted for not being in proper control of the vehicle if the police deem that you were driving poorly – which again carries three penalty points and a fine.
Furthermore, if you are in an accident, mobile phone records can be used to prove you were not paying full attention, resulting in a larger sentence and even possible imprisonment.
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