The Government May Consider Amending the Legislation Regarding the Use of Mobile Phones Whilst Driving

The High Court recently handed down judgment in the case of Ramsey Barreto - a case involving the use of handheld mobiles when driving.

Barreto became stuck in traffic following a collision and decided to film what was happening on his smartphone.

He successfully argued on appeal that he wasn’t using his phone to communicate.

The concern is that people may now misinterpret the judgment and believe that they can use their phone whilst driving.

It is expected that the government may now look at amending the legislation.

Until that happens, it may be that the police consider stopping drivers ‘using’ mobile phones for other potentially more serious offences, such as driving without due care or dangerous driving for which the penalties are potentially more severe. 

Lanyon Bowdler is a leading law firm in Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales. For any queries regarding this or any other area of motoring law, please contact motoring offences specialist, Stephen Scully, on 01743 280232.