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Is it an offence in law for a driver to use a mobile phone

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Is it an offence in law for a driver to use a mobile phone while moving a vehicle on private property?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
The short answer is no, if the person was not driving on a road where the public has access, it is not an offence.

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 provide as follows: "No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is using—
(a)a hand-held mobile telephone;"

S. 192 of The Road Traffic Act 1988 defines a road as follows:

"means any highway and any other road to which the public has access, and includes bridges over which a road passes."

You could have a policy of your own that prohibits the use of hand held phones when driving on private property as well as on the road.

Hope this helps

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