While there has been a ban on using a handheld device while driving for the past 18 years, the Government is looking to crack down on the issue by introducing a £200 fine, as well as six penalty points, for anyone who breaks this law. The law also includes vehicles that are waiting at traffic lights or at a complete standstill. If you wish to use your mobile phone while in your car, you need to park up where it is safe to do so. This update will also cover a significant loophole in the previous law which couldn’t penalise drivers for taking photos or videos while driving.

Five changes to driving laws that Wakefield motorists need to know about

Changes are being made to UK driving laws this month that could result in heavy fines and points on your licence.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 9:52 am

Everything from tax to mobile phone usage will be affected, with this first set of changes forming part of a wider 25-point plan to update motoring laws.

Gary White, from Riverside Volvo on Barnsley Road, said: “The main aim of the new laws is to make driving safer and more environmentally friendly, with heavier penalties for driving while on your mobile, and the introduction of clean air zones in larger cities.

“We wanted to outline these new laws and explain some of the jargon to ensure no Wakefield drivers are caught out.”

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