MPs call for ban on hands-free car phones
MPs believe there needs to be a ban on UK motorists using their phones hands-free.
They say it’s just as dangerous as drivers holding mobiles in their hands while at the wheel.
A Commons Transport Committee report says there is still “the same risks of collision”.
The committee agrees there would be difficulty in enforcing a hands-free ban but insisted “this does not mean we should not do it”.
It’s asked for the government to explore the possibilities of changing the law.
In 2017 43 people died and 135 were seriously injured in road accidents involving mobile phone usage.
Those figures have risen steadily, but prosecutions have dropped by more than two thirds.
Labour MP Lilian Greenwood, who chairs the committee, said: “Despite the real risk of catastrophic consequences for themselves, their passengers and other road users, far too many drivers continue to break the law by using hand-held mobile phones.
However, the RAC believes the government should strictly enforce the current laws in place for the last 16 years.
It says those laws are flouted daily by tens of thousands of drivers.
“We feel the time has come to look at new technology capable of photographing offenders using their hand-held phones while driving.
“If hands-free use were to be banned then it could arguably be even harder to catch drivers in the act than it is now.