DRIVERS are facing fines of up to £200 as stricter rules on using mobile phones while behind the wheel are set to be introduced.
Changes to the Highway Code will come into force next Saturday (Januarie 29), toughening up the existing ban on texting or making calls while driving.
From next week it will also be against the law to use your phone for other purposes.
Drivers could be hit with a fine if they’re caught using their phone to take photos or videos.
Scrolling through playlists or playing games while driving will also be officially banned.
Motorists risk a £200 fine and six penalty points if they’re found to be breaking the rules.
The rule change also applies to lorry drivers and motorcyclists.
You can use your phone hands-free, for example to use the sat-nav function
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But you can still be charged with an offence if police find you’re not in control of your vehicle.
Announcing the changes in November, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries occur while mobile phones are being held.
By making it easier to prosecute people illegally using their phone at the wheel, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st century while further protecting all road users.”
Other changes being introduced next week include a new hierarchy of road users, giving pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over drivers.
You could also be fined by up to £1,000 for opening your car door wrong under the new rules.
There are other changes drivers should prepare for in 2022 as well as the updated Highway Code rules, including pavement parking rules.