Changes to The Highway Code: Updated rules on using mobile phones

As of 25th March, new rules to The Highway code have come in to force to make using any hand-held mobile phone illegal while driving.

The changes were supported by 80% of respondents in a public consultation in 2021.

The new rules now state you must not use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline. The law applies to you if you are.

  • Supervising a learner driver
  • Stopped at traffic lights
  • Queuing traffic
  • Driving a car that turns the engine off when you stop moving
  • Holding and using a device that’s an offline or in-flight mode

The only exceptions are needing to call 999 or 112 in an emergency or making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving.

It is important to stay up to date with any changes made to The Highway code as it is your responsibility for the safety of other road users.

You can view The Highway Code for free on