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Legality of using phone whilst driving

Postby Naz93 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:24 pm

Hi all,

Just wanted to run this by. I've purchased a cradle for my iphone which sucks onto the windscreen, I don't have a bluetooth headset.
Am I within my rights to accept / make phone calls from my phone whilst driving provided that its in the cradle?

Thanks

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Re: Legality of using phone whilst driving

Postby gixxer1 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:30 pm

no your not you can take a call on a cradle as your only pressing accept but if you make a call or message from it you get the fine they dont like us using hands free while driving either but its not against the law however if you have an accident that's your fault while using hands free its undue care and attention and you may get done if a copper catches you pressing buttons on your phone while driving he will either tell you to pull over to make your call or fine you depends if hes having a bad day
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Re: Legality of using phone whilst driving

Postby s4mc0x » Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:19 pm

Don't even open that can of worms. The law is for improper control of your vehicle, ie, not concentrating because you're using the touchscreen radio, your sat nav or phone, eating an apple, whatever. Of course, it would take a real jobsworth to pull you because you'd pressed answer, but they still can. Set your satnav up before you turn the car on and shut your phone in the glovebox.
I probably sound like a bit of a butter wouldn't melt, but I've had enough morons pull out in front of my (bright yellow) bike 'cause they've been chatting on the phone or wondering which way they're turning in 400 yards...
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Re: Legality of using phone whilst driving

Postby Loque » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:14 pm

It's actually against electronic devices as said above. A friend of mine was done for changing the song on his iPod at a set of traffic lights.

IMO the law is ambiguous, and the true knowledge of the situation is not advertised by the police strongly enough.
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