Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 24 May 2022.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the evidence to support their decision to reject the Commons Transport Select Committee’s recommendation to explore options for extending the ban on driving while using a mobile phone to include the use of hands-free devices, as made in its report, Road safety: driving while using a mobile phone (12th Report, Session 2019–21, HC Paper 237).

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government’s response to the Transport Select Committee’s recommendation to explore options for banning hands-free use of mobile phones while driving was based on our view that this was a longer-term project with links to automation. The Government’s more immediate priority at that time, as stated in the response, was to review the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving with a view to making it more comprehensive. We tightened up the law in March 2022.

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