What really is illegal to do when you are driving?


Motorists stopping at a drive-thru for some fast-food must ensure their car’s engine is off when they pay with a smartphone.

It is also illegal to use a handheld phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver, the law states… More at The Telegraph.

You may want to click the link above if you live and drive in the UK.

Categories: Tech News

3 replies

  1. I looked when the claim of “you can’t touch your phone when driving, so you can’t use it as a satnav’ was made before, and I couldn’t find a law which backed up this statement.

    You can’t *hold* the device, but I’m not aware it is illegal to merely touch a device held securely in a cradle.

  2. Also in Canada. I found this at a government site:

    In Ontario (Canada), it’s against the law to:
    operate hand-held communication and electronic entertainment devices while you’re driving
    view display screens unrelated to your driving
    Although there is an exception:
    when the driver is lawfully parked or has safely pulled off the roadway and is not impeding traffic.

    That would imply that if you’re at a drive through, you can use your phone to pay, provided that you’re not moving.

    And it also says that if you use a GPS, you must have input the information before starting out. So you can use the GPS/phone but you can’t touch it.

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