Mobile Phone Use While Driving Amendments Act

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Drivers should be aware that from this Friday (March 25) the law on using your mobile phone while driving is changing.

It is already illegal to use a portable device to make phone calls and send messages, except in an emergency, but from Friday the “use” of a portable device will be extended to cover:

• Display lighting
• Time check
• Notification check
• Device Unlock
• Make, receive or reject a phone or internet call
• Send, receive or download oral or written content
• Send, receive or download a photo or video
• Using a camera, video or sound recording
• Write any text
• Access all stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, movies, playlists, notes or messages
• Access an application
• Access the Internet

There is an exemption that allows drivers to use a mobile to make a contactless payment when the vehicle is stationary in places such as drive-thru restaurants and parking lots. Using a mobile phone for navigation will remain legal, as long as it is kept in a holder and not in the driver’s hand.

In the video below, Sergeant Johnson of West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit explains why these changes have been introduced and the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

There is more information available online at: Changes to the Driving with a Mobile Phone Act (

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