Using a mobile phone while driving
What is the law on using a mobile phone while driving?
It is an offence to use a mobile phone or other hand held device whilst driving, even if you are supervising a learner driver.
The offences of careless or dangerous driving or not being in proper control of a vehicle are also committed when drivers are distracted by other items such as laptops or tablets, or they handle something that detracts from their ability to control their vehicle.
Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will now receive a £300 fine and six penalty points on their licence. Offenders convicted at court can receive higher fines and disqualification from driving.
If you have passed your driving test in the last two years and are caught using a mobile phone while driving, you will be disqualified from driving. In addition, you will have to pay for a new provisional licence, and will have to pass both parts of the driving test again before you are allowed to legally drive on the road alone.
Also, the offer of educational courses as an alternative to prosecution has now been stopped.
How can I report someone using their mobile phone while driving?
We can now take online reports of using a mobile phone while driving, as well as careless or dangerous driving.
In order for action to be taken, you will need to:
- Know the alleged offending vehicle’s number plate.
- Be able to upload video footage, for example dash cam/cycle cam footage.
- Have independent witnesses or evidence of the alleged offence.
- Be willing to attend court and give evidence.
If you are happy with all of the above and wish to proceed, visit our online reporting portal.
Please note, the above link is for reporting incidents that have occurred within the West Midlands area. If you wish to report an incident that occurred outside the West Midlands, follow this link.
If you do not have video evidence, but you do have other supporting evidence, such as an independent witness, the vehicle’s number plate and you are willing to attend court, please download this form, complete it and email it back to us.
Please note, we cannot take any reports without independent evidence.
In addition, before you make a report, please be aware that:
- You are making an official report to the police.
- You may be required to provide further information or attend court in order to support the case for the prosecution.
- Your own actions and driving standards will be reviewed as part of the report.
We cannot accept reports of any other motoring offences, such as parking on yellow lines or zig zags. To find out more about these issues please use our website’s search bar which can be accessed at the top of this page or via the homepage.
Why is it so important not to use my phone while you are driving?
Using a mobile phone while driving makes you four times more likely to be involved in a collision.
Although using a hands free phone is currently legal - research indicates that it increases the risk similarly to mobile phone use.
- The Central Motorway Policing Group are dedicated roads policing officers who try to disrupt criminality and make our region’s roads safer. You can keep up to date with their work by liking their Facebook page, or by following them on Twitter.
- Find out more about the law on using a mobile device while driving.
- THINK! is a campaign from the Department of Transport providing road safety information to drivers and riders in the UK. For more information on why using a mobile device while driving is so dangerous, please visit their website.