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  • It’s illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving in the UK.
  • This includes holding and using a mobile phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. It applies even if you have stopped at traffic lights or are queuing in traffic.
  • You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency, as long as it’s unsafe or impractical to stop first.
  • Using hands-free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be stopped by the police.
  • The penalties for driving carelessly when using a handheld or hands-free phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.

If you are caught using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving:

  • You get six penalty points on your licence and a fine of £200
  • If you get six points in the first two years of passing your test you will lose your licence

You must drive at an appropriate speed, within the indicated speed limit at all times. Remember to:

  • Plan your journey and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Drive at an appropriate speed for the road and the weather conditions.
  • Keep a two seconds distance from the vehicle in front.
  • Know the speed limits for the road and restrictions for your vehicle.
  • Not get confused over imperial and metric road signs, for example, speed limits or bridge heights.

If you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years you will be disqualified from driving.

If caught speeding by a speed camera the vehicle’s registered keeper will be sent a notice of intended prosecution. You face having to go to court if you ignore the notice.

The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points, or you may be offered a driver awareness course in some circumstances.

  • In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. In Scotland the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 22 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath
  • One drink could be enough to push you over the limit. If you’re planning to drink alcohol, do not mix this with driving.
  • Agree on a designated driver, taking a taxi or using public transport are all options
  • Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
  • Don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol or taken drugs
  • It is against the law to drive under the influence of certain drugs.
  • Some illegal drugs, such as cannabis, can stay in your system for several weeks.
  • Police are able to do a roadside test to detect those who are driving under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs impairs your driving ability and is extremely dangerous.
  • The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
  • Certain medicines can also affect your ability to drive, check with your doctor or pharmacist

If you are convicted of drink or drug driving you could receive:

  • A minimum 12 month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A large fine
  • Up to six months in prison
  • An endorsement on your licence for 11 years
  • Increased insurance premium
  • Wearing a seat belt saves lives. It is a legal requirement in the UK to use a seat belt if one is fitted in your vehicle for the driver and all passengers.
  • For children up to 135cm in height they should use a child restraint.
  • Only one person is allowed in each seat fitted with a seat belt, never use the same seat belt around two passengers
  • As a passenger over the age of 14 it is your responsibility to ensure you are wearing a seat belt. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £100.

As a driver, you must make sure any children in the vehicle are:

  • In the correct car seat and restraint for their height (under 135cm tall)
  • Wearing a seat belt if they are 12 years old and above, or over 135cm tall (whichever they reach first)
  • You can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you are driving
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