The Law on Cell Phones, Digital Watches and Other Devices While Driving a Taxi

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It is illegal to use / do anything that prevents you from having full control of your vehicle. This could cover wearing flip flops, having a PDA in the windshield, or using a cell phone. This could lead to prosecution for reckless or reckless driving or reckless driving or reckless driving or reckless driving. As a licensed driver, your actions will be subject to increased scrutiny. In addition to any sanction from the courts or the police, your council may also take action if it considers that you are no longer a suitable person to hold a license.

WHAT IS “DRIVING”?

In the information below, the word “drive” means more than just being in charge of the vehicle while it is moving. This includes waiting at traffic lights, blocking in traffic and engaging the automatic stop. This could also include when you are waiting for a passenger, for example parked near the curb with the engine running, but it would be up to a court to decide based on the exact circumstances.

WHERE CAN I PUT MY APPLIANCE?

Many drivers place their devices in cradles attached to the windshield and this is more difficult for drivers who have multiple devices. However, it is an offense to drive and not have a full view of the road and traffic in front of you.

Do not put cradles / telephones in “Zone A” of the windshield (the 290mm strip above the steering wheel centered on the steering wheel or above or above the airbags). Mount your device low on your windshield on the far right to maximize your view of the road. If this is not possible, opt for the lowest point in the middle of the windshield or better yet attach it to the dashboard away from the glass.

Road Vehicle Regulations 1986 (Construction and Use) Regulation 104 – 3 DVLA points and £ 100 police fine.

CAN I KEEP MY MOBILE PHONE DRIVING?

It is an offense to use a cell phone / PDA while driving, for an interactive communication function (sending / receiving data of any kind). This may include using a GPS, playing music, taking photos and videos, and certainly includes accepting work from an operator. You will not be prosecuted if you make a call to 999 and it is unsafe to stop or if you use it to park your vehicle remotely. Even if the phone is not sending / transmitting data, you could still be prosecuted for the offenses mentioned at the beginning of this article.

Road Vehicle Regulation 110 (Construction and Use) 1986 Regulations – 6 DVLA points and £ 200 fine.

Many councils have license conditions that also prohibit the use of cell phones while driving.

AND THE DASHCAMS?

The rules for not blocking your view of the road ahead also apply to in-vehicle cameras.

WHAT ABOUT SMART WATCHES?

No court case has yet been heard on this point to my knowledge. However, even if it was not classified as a handheld device, you could still commit other offenses as noted above.

PAY BY PHONE?

There could possibly be legal issues with using a watch / smartphone to scan / pay for freight services while driving, but it would be up to a court to decide.

CAN I WATCH VIDEOS ON MY PHONE?

It is an offense to watch videos on your device while driving. This includes YouTube videos even though you might only be listening to the audio from the video.

Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulation 109 Regulation 109 – £ 50 fine.

WHAT IS THE POLICE NOTICE?

A lot of research shows that using a mobile phone while driving, even legally in hands-free mode, is a considerable distraction and greatly increases the risk of a driver being involved in an accident. This is due to mental distraction and the fact that the driver has to divide their attention between participating in a phone conversation and driving. Therefore, we do not recommend using a phone / mobile device, even in hands-free mode, while driving.

The law on the use of mobile phones is under review, so it follows the evolution of technology and could be amended in the coming months.

PC Patrick QUINTON is a police officer who is fully funded by two local councils to support drivers, enforce the law and ensure compliance with license conditions. He worked with the councils of the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire for four years. He runs a WhatsApp group for drivers to share information in support of the trade.


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