Today, the Department for Transport laid a Statutory Instrument* which will strengthen the law relating to using a hand-held mobile device while driving from 25 March 2022.
Edmund King, AA president, said: "The AA has long campaigned** to toughen up these rules, and we welcome this announcement. This is a much needed upgrade of the law to help make our roads safer.
"Mobile phones offer many distractions and this sends a clear message that picking them up to use them will not be tolerated. The law will also become tougher as the use of smartwatches, tablets and laptops behind the wheel will apply.
"Drivers will be extremely limited on when they can pick up their phone, mainly to call the emergency services when there was no opportunity to safely pull over and to make contactless payments at drive-thrus. Being sat in a traffic jam or waiting at the lights is not an excuse, we want people to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road."
*Article Source www.aa.com