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Please note from 1st March 2017 the penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving will increase to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. Anyone who is caught a second time could potentially face a £1000 fine and six-month ban from driving. The new penalties apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

If the mobile phone can be operated without it being held, then hands free kits are permitted. The touching of buttons on the phone is allowed, as long as the phone is not held whilst being operated.

If your mobile phone is blue tooth compatible then you can buy a blue tooth head kit. If your phone is not blue tooth compatible then the best option is probably a speaker phone kit.

However, there are still risks to using a mobile phone whilst driving as they are a distraction. If you are involved in an incident, even if you are using your mobile phone legally, you could still face prosecution for failing to have proper control of your vehicle.

You can also be prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving, which carry higher penalties. If you kill someone in an accident caused by phoning or texting etc. you can expect a lengthy prison sentence.

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