Renfrewshire Council

Using digital devices while driving

It is now illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle. This means you must not use a device in your hand for any reason, whether online or offline.

The new government legislation means that from Monday 25 March 2022, anyone caught using a handheld device while driving could face a fine of up to £1,000 as well as 6 points on their licence or a full driving ban.

The ban includes using a device when:

  • taking photos or videos
  • scrolling playlists
  • playing games
  • supervising a learner driver
  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • driving a car that turns the engine off when you stop moving
  • holding and using a device that's offline or in-flight mode

The only exceptions are:

  • if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it's unsafe or impractical to stop
  • you're safely parked
  • you're making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving, for example at a drive through restaurant
  • you're using the device to park your vehicle remotely

Visit the Road Safety website for guidance on the law and advice on driving safely