UK wants to ban the use of the phone while drivingOctober 19, 2020
The UK government will close a loophole in current legislation allowing drivers to use their smartphones while driving. The new bill will be ready by early 2021.
The UK government has launched a consultation to tighten laws on the use of portable mobile phones while driving to make it illegal under all circumstances.
While it is a criminal offense to make phone calls or send text messages while driving, there is currently no law prohibiting the use of mobile phones for other purposes, such as playing games.
This is because these activities, which include watching music playlists and even taking photos or videos, are not considered “interactive communication” – the current definition of smartphone-driving crime.
UK Roads Minister Baroness Charlotte Vere said today: “Our roads are some of the safest in the world, but we want to make sure they are even safer by introducing a complete ban on mobile gadgets while driving. There is no excuse for taking a cell phone while driving. “
“Phones do much more than calls and text messages, so it’s right if the law is changed to keep up with technology. Tweets, TikTok and Instagram snapshots can wait until you park.
While drivers will no longer be allowed to use pocket phones, speakerphones and other devices have not been banned, so drivers can continue to make hands-free calls and use hands-free satellite navigation.
The government expects that new amendments to the current legislation will be ready by early 2021.
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