Road traffic laws

Failing to comply with road traffic law generally leads to convictions for the driver, and potentially the Operator licence holder.

Common causes for non-compliance

It's an offence to drive a vehicle in a position that doesn't give you proper control of the vehicle or a full view of the road ahead.

This offence covers a multitude of situations, such as:

  • talking on a hands-free phone
  • using the keys on a hands-free phone. A phone or device is hand-held if it has to be held to use it. This includes cradling the phone between ear and their shoulder
  • eating, smoking or drinking
  • talking to passengers in the vehicle
  • map reading
  • using satellite navigation systems
  • using a two-way radio
  • changing a CD or radio station

The above offence also requires a full view of the road ahead. A driver may not have a full view if:

  • a satellite navigation system is poorly placed, interfering with the driver’s view to the front
  • there is ice or mist on the windscreen blocking the view ahead
  • there are furry dice, Christmas lights or stickers crowding the windscreen

More information

Use of mobile phones whilst driving compliance guide

More advice on Mobile phones and driving

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