Car passengers could face being handed a hefty fine of £200 if they are caught using a phone in a car according to new Highway Code rules which came into force on Friday

By Graeme Murray (The Mirror)

You could face a fine for using a mobile even if you’re a passenger under new Highway Code rules.

Drivers who even touch a phone face could be hit with a £200 penalty after tough new rules came into effect on Friday.

If a person is supervising a driver who is learning, they could be hit with £1,000 fine – as well as a massive six points on their licence.

Current rules under the Highway Code make texting or calling while driving illegal.

But new rules brought in on Friday means many grey areas have been tightened, making more actions illegal.

In 2019, it was ruled in the High Court that an offence was committed when a mobile was used for an “interactive communication function”

Police will enforce the rules and drivers could face hefty fines or points on their licence

Police will enforce the rules and drivers could face hefty fines or points on their licence ( Image: Getty Images)

This included calling or texting, but now using a phone for any purpose, is seen as “reckless and dangerous.”

Now drivers can no longer touch their device, take photos or videos, access playlists or use other apps while they drive.

Phone use at traffic lights or in motorway queues will also be seen as illegal under new Highway Code rules.

Anyone using a device while driving faces a £200 fixed fine plus six points added to their driving licence.

Motorists are, however, permitted to use their phones to pay at a drive-thru restaurant or a road or bridge toll.76516486337

Phone use at traffic lights or in motorway queues will also be seen as illegal under new Highway Code rules

Phone use at traffic lights or in motorway queues will also be seen as illegal under new Highway Code rules ( Image: Getty Images)

The Department of Transport : “There will be an exemption to the new law for drivers making a contactless payment using their mobile phone while stationary to ensure the law keeps pace with technology.

“This exemption will cover, for example, places like a drive-through restaurant or a road toll, and will only apply when payment is being made with a card reader. It will not allow motorists to make general online payments while driving.”

Hands-free devices can be used when driving including taking calls or using a satnav, but only if it is secured in something which holds it.

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