Highway Code rule change could lead to £200 fine and six points

By James Rodger & Estel Farell Roig

Changes to the Highway Code this month could see drivers being fined £200.

Drivers who touch their mobile phone could face six points on their licence on top of the fine from January 29.

Scrolling a playlist, playing a game or taking images using a mobile phone are examples of actions that could land drivers with the penalty, as reported by BirminghamLive.

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Ryan Fulthorpe, car insurance expert at GoCompare, has warned: “With the trial showing the shocking number of people breaking road laws while driving, it is clear that more needs to be done to enforce these safety measures to keep the roads as safe as possible for all road users.

“If the number of drivers caught using their phones continues to reflect the data suggested from the trial, we hope that the ability to effectively penalise those breaking the rules will act as a powerful deterrent to dangerous driving.

“Hopefully, with more accurate and conscientious monitoring of road safety, we will continue to see the number of offences fall and safer roads as a result.”

The only exception to the law is when you may use your phone to pay for something (tolls, drive-throughs) while the car is stationary.

Elsewhere on that date, Rule H1 comes into effect with the aim of ensuring a more mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use that benefits all users.

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