New mobile phone law could see drivers handed HUGE fine as new rule comes into force from next week

DRIVERS are facing huge fines as a new mobile phone law is set to be introduced next week.

The new rule aims to crack down on a loophole that allows drivers to use their phones behind the wheel without being fined.

Currently, motorists are penalised if they use a handheld phone while driving for "interactive communication" such as calling or texting. 

This means that technically drivers could use their phones to check the time or a notification, take a photo, or scroll through a playlist.

But starting on Friday, March 25,the law is bound to change meaning drivers will face a £200 fine and six points on their license if caught using their phone at all.

This includes all circumstances such as being stuck in traffic, in queues, or traffic lights.

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The only exception in the new law is if the driver has to make an emergency call.

Keith Hawes, director of Nationwide Vehicle Contract, said: “The changes to mobile phone driving laws are vital to improving the safety of Britain's roads.

"Drivers must take these rules seriously to help reduce the number of tragic deaths caused by violations.

“It is not just mobile devices that drivers should be cautious of. Despite no new rules being enforced on the use of internal infotainment systems, they can be a potential distraction for drivers.

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“Touchscreens have become a common addition to modern vehicles, and the more complex they become, the more distracting they can be.

"If you are found to be not properly in control of your vehicle as a result of using dashboard gadgets or hands-free devices you could still be prosecuted.“

Drivers could also be slapped with a fine if they decide to get behind the wheel while tired.

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Another new rule sees drivers being handed a £1,000 for flashing their lights.

And a common mistake among drivers could actually cost them up to £2,500.

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