We take a look at what you can and CANNOT do with a mobile device and walkie talkie whilst driving.
Do you know what could happen if you or any or your workforce is caught using a mobile phone whilst driving? What about Two-Way Radios?
Lets take a look at the official legislation from the UK Government regarding using Mobile Devices whilst driving:
110. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is using— (a) a hand-held mobile telephone; or
(b) a hand-held device of a kind specified in paragraph.
(2) No person shall cause or permit any other person to drive a motor vehicle on a road while that other person is using—
(a) a hand-held mobile telephone; or
(b) a hand-held device of a kind specified in legislation paragraph.
We knew this already didn’t we? Most people chose to abide by the existing laws regarding driving and using a mobile phone however some still chose to ignore them so as of the 1st of March 2017 the penalty for driving whist using a mobile device is now a £200 fine and six points on your licence. However it could get worse…..
Drivers have their licences revoked if they clock up six penalty points in their first two years of driving, rather than the normal 12 points and If your case goes to court, you could face disqualification and an up to a £1,000 fine. HGV and bus drivers could get an up to £2,500 fine.
Instant bans for new drivers means that they will have to retake their theory and practical test again too.
It is important to remember that Police still have the power to stop drivers if they believe that they are distracted by their hands-free mobile phone.
So the message is clear, if you are driving don’t use a mobile phone in any capacity other than hands free (although that could be deemed as a distraction). As an employer who provides mobile phones to employees to keep in touch whilst working in the local area this provides a problem. How do you keep in touch without breaking the law?
There were no changes to legislation regarding the use of Two-Way Radios in vehicles in the new leglislation. The law states:
No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is using— (a) a hand-held mobile telephone; or
(b) a hand-held device of a kind specified in paragraph (4).
(4) A device referred to is a device, other than a two-way radio, which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data.
1. (d) “two-way radio” means any wireless telegraphy apparatus which is designed or adapted—
1. (i) for the purpose of transmitting and receiving spoken messages; and
2. (ii) to operate on any frequency other than 880MHz to 915MHz, 925MHz to 960 MHz, 1710 MHz to 1785 MHz, 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz, 1900 MHz to 1980 MHz or 2110 MHz to 2170 MHz
Although the law says it is permissible to use Two-Way Radio in a vehicle it is important to remember the above paragraph regarding the police forces perception of distraction whilst driving.
Two-way radios have a variable range of communication depending on landscape and other variable factors. We always offer a free site survey to establish these factors and offer the best solution available. If you want to protect your workforce from penalties and possible disqualification or have any questions about the new legislation get in touch with us on 01773 570123 or contact us here.