Using A Smart Phone As A Sat Nav
For the courier car drivers and everyone else in the UK using a smartphone as a Sat Nav is possible and legal if done correctly. The main thing to remember is to plot your course and set your phone in the hands-free mode before even starting the engine. By following the legal guidelines, you will not invalidate your
What you need to do to use your phone as a Sat Nav before you start out on your journey.
Where can I place the holder so I can view the phone’s screen?
The placement of your phone in a holder is regulated by the UK government. Technically, by UK law, it is illegal to affix your holder to the wind shield. This way, your view of the road is unobstructed. In the UK Highway Code, the wind shield has to remain clear at all time.
What does UK law say about a driver using a mobile phone in a vehicle?
To help prevent a driver from being distracted, the handling of a cell phone for any reason is prohibited by law. This includes text messages, phone calls, or changing screens when the engine is on. The only way to interact with a cell phone is when it is in the hands-free mode, and it responds to your voice.
If a driver becomes distracted for any reason by using their smartphone and caught, the fine is £200 and 6 points are then given against the driving record of the offender.
If you are involved in an accident, your phone records will be investigated. If you were using your phone when the accident occurs, you could be prosecuted.
Who can touch a smart phone being used for Sat Nav?
While the driver of a courier van or any other type of vehicle can not physically touch the cell phone, other occupants of the vehicle can. This includes navigators, assistants and passengers.
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Responsible use of Sat Nav effects
The proper use of a smartphone as a Sat Nav is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle, whether commercial or private. If a driver is ticketed for improper use of a smartphone and points are placed on the driving record, their insurance premiums will increase due to the increase in risk associated with the driver. If you need any information on this topic, our knowledgeable insurance brokers can and will assist you.
Road safety should always be foremost in the mind of any driver, particularly courier drivers. Never forget the basics that we covered in the