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Use of hand held mobile telephones while driving

(The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No 4) Regulations 2003)

The above amendment bans the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving motor vehicles with effect from 1st December 2003.

A person does not break the regulations if:

  • they are using the mobile phone or other similar device to call the police, fire service, ambulance or other emergency service in an emergency situation;
  • they are acting in response to a genuine emergency;
  • it is unsafe or impracticable for the person to cease driving in order to make the call.

NOTE: Two-way radios are not included in the above legislation and may still be used while driving.

Actions by heads

It is expected that Heads will ensure that the Regulations are brought to the attention of all relevant staff and that, where necessary, ensure that these legal requirements are included in the School / Unit Safety Policy.


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