Drivers could now face £200 fine for touching phones as roads get HD cameras
1 November 2019, 10:33
Britain's roads are cracking down on drivers who use their mobile phone at the wheel
Drivers who touch their phone while driving could now face a £200 fine if caught by one of the newly-installed HD cameras on Britain's roads.
The government is cracking down on the loophole in the law against speaking on a mobile while driving, that allows people to use phones to text, scroll and take photos.
In addition, drivers can be fined for using their mobile as a Sat Nav - if they touch the screen while on the move.
The new rule could also see motorists hit by six points on their license.
Despite calls from MPs, The Department Of Transport has refused to impose rules against handsfree devices.
Currently, police can prosecute drivers caught making or sending communication such as calls, WhatsApp, texts and email.
However, there is a loophole in the law that allows drivers to draft texts or emails, scroll through photos and look at music.
But the Department of Transport is now closing that loophole by revising legislation so that any driver caught using a phone in any way behind the wheel could face prosecution.
The new laws are expected to be put in place in Spring 2020.
RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams has warned that tightening the rules on phone use is "only as powerful as the level of enforcement".
He said: "In the absence of technology being used to catch offenders, the decline in the number of road police officers means there is a much lesser chance of being caught in person today than there was 10 years ago."