Drivers could be banned from using mobile phones while at the wheel – even in hands-free mode – under proposals put forward by MPs.
The Transport Select Committee says current rules banning drivers from using their mobile while holding it in their hand give the “misleading impression” that hands-free use is safe.
Labour MP Lilian Greenwood, who chairs the committee, says:
“Despite the real risk of catastrophic consequences for themselves, their passengers and other road users, far too many drivers continue to break the law by using hand-held mobile phones.
“If mobile phone use while driving is to become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving, much more effort needs to go into educating drivers about the risks and consequences of using a phone behind the wheel.
“Offenders also need to know there is a credible risk of being caught, and that there are serious consequences for being caught.”