Changes to rules on using mobile phones while driving

On 25 March 2022, rules in The Highway Code came into force to make any use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving illegal, save for limited circumstances.

A public consultation on the changes was held in 2021, with 80% of respondents being supportive of the changes. The changes mean you cannot use a device in your hand for any reason.

The law applies to you if you are:

  • supervising a learner driver
  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • driving a car that switches the engine off when you stop moving
  • holding and using a device that is offline or in flight mode

There are limited exceptions, for example, if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency or if you are making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving.

Click here to view the full rules on using a phone, sat nav or another device when driving.