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  1. Geo

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    Looks like they really mean business


    Using a mobile phone or other handheld device while driving is a serious road safety risk and a criminal offence.


    To help make drivers aware of the dangers and consequences of committing this offence, DVLA now issue a letter to all Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers who get penalty points put on their driver record for this specific offence. The letter informs the driver of the risks involved if they continue to use hand held devices while driving.


    The letter also advises that as well as the fixed penalty and points, the driver may also have to attend a conduct hearing before a traffic commissioner. The letter warns that if this offence is repeated, the driver will automatically be referred to the traffic commissioner, who may then review that driver’s suitability to continue to hold a vocational licence.
     
  2. Snowbird

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    Oh dear, I have one from about 3 years ago. I live in hopes that I do not have to go and stand on the mat :(.
     
  3. Flyingscotsman2

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    But wat is the different from on the fone or chatting to your mate next to u. Or a police officer on his her radio wen after somebody....
     
  4. Peter & Elaine

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    The RHA brought this up about 3 years ago
    So me being me said what about CB radios or
    Abnormal loads escort on 2 way radio

    As per the norm vacant looks was the reply
     
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  5. Jaws

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    As a radio ham I often use a mic.
    I have no idea why but before it was illegal ( and the dangers pointed out ) I used to use the mobile ..
    However..
    Using a mobile with a hands free kit is the same as chatting to someone in the car.. and even using a mic which has usually only got a PTT button on it is not the same as using a fone.
    I believe folk miss the issues associated with using a mobile
    I do not think the speaking part is the problem.
    The phone rings.
    You divert your eyes to pick it up
    You divert your attention to hitting the right button to answer the call
    When finished you may again divert your attention to ring off and place the phone back where it was

    Talking on the phone is merely the bit in the middle and proof you did the previously mentioned attention grabbing activities

    Just a thought...................
     
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  6. Flyingscotsman2

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    Yeah I agree we were on the cb all the time. And doing the job up to Scotland with ainscough we where on the radio with the escort it's a load of crap again peter.
     
  7. Judge Mental

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    Adjusting a hands free or radio a bit different then texting on a mobile whilst driving...many caught doing just that...
     
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  8. John Laidler

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    Talking on the phone is not the same as talking to a passenger. Hands free kits are legal. Driving with one hand holding a mobile or a microphone isn't. Rightly so.

    The rules cover all electronic equipment such as CB etc as far as I know. Not just phones.
     
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  9. Flyingscotsman2

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    Wat about making toast.....:rofl:
     
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    Driving with one hand off the wheel, except when changing gear, can be construed a not in control of the vehicle.....an offence in itself.

    Fiddling with the heater controls, or even the radio, is no different.

    Not being in proper control of a vehicle
    Regulation 110 Construction ad Use Regulations
    Maximum Penalty 3 Penalty Points and a fine up to £1000


    Three main offences are created by the legislation in question - Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving, causing or permitting the driver to use it or supervising a learner driver whist using it.
     
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    The lack of attention caused by mobile phone use is pretty visible: speed drops about 10mph (even in town), corners are all shaped like a threpenny bit, indicators go missing etc. We must all have followed one.
     
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  12. Forestboy

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    Doesn't make any difference they can change the laws until the cows come home, fact is they can't enforce the current laws.
    Drink driving, Speeding, Using a phone while driving more chance of winning the lottery than getting caught I should think.
    Oh and my favourite dogs fouling all over the local park, when did anyone get prosecuted for that.
     
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  13. PaulyP

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    Not using a phone when driving.......
    Thats three quarters of the white van drivers of the road then !!!
     
  14. icantremember

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    The biggest concern has to be the use of lemonade bottles while on the move. ...... and I don't mean for drinking! :eek:
     
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  15. John Laidler

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    And your point is? I drive with one hand when picking my nose or scratching my...
    but these activities last only a few moments. Having a one handed conversation with someone miles away talking about something is not conducive to road safety, as the judge might say.
     
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    :Eeek:...wat u pick that nose..... Brave man ....:rofl:
     
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    :Eeek:.... Wat u talking about Willis .....
     
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    This is only our view, it might seem extreme, others may differ. My wife and I belong to an organisation called Roadpeace, it's for bereaved families who have lost love ones due to road traffic accidents. We think that any law that can minimise road traffic accidents should be upheld in any way possible. Mobile phone use whilst driving is out of control and the penalty for using one at the wheel should be much harsher. Small fines are a joke, it should be a minimum 6 month ban and 6 points on the driving licence if caught and when an insurance policy is renewed the offence must be declared and an additional premium charged.
     
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    My point is its an offence no matter what the reason except to change gear....a very necessary part of driving unless its an auto.

    i suggest you DO NOT visit spain anytime soon as they have been having a purge on the very same thing....ie: driving with one arm resting the window sill etc.
     
  20. Flyingscotsman2

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    Or your finger up your hooter....:drink:
     
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