Friday 30th August 2019
Using your mobile phone as a passenger could hold the same punishment as when driving

Many drivers do not know that texting from the passenger seat, as a supervisor to a learner driver, could cost you six penalty points on your licence and a hefty fine.

RAC reports:

Motorists who are supervising learner drivers could find themselves lumbered with fines of £200 and six penalty points if caught using a mobile phone in the passenger seat.

Supervising drivers can also be penalised if found over the drink-driving limit while accompanying a learner.

According to UK driving law, supervising a learner gives the accompanying driver the same legal responsibilities as if they were driving the vehicle themselves.

This means that failing to comply with road traffic laws such as alcohol limits and using mobile devices, could hold the same legal penalties.

Motorists who are supervising learner drivers could find themselves lumbered with fines of £200 and six penalty points if caught using a mobile phone in the passenger seat.

Supervising drivers can also be penalised if found over the drink-driving limit while accompanying a learner.

According to UK driving law, supervising a learner gives the accompanying driver the same legal responsibilities as if they were driving the vehicle themselves.

This means that failing to comply with road traffic laws such as alcohol limits and using mobile devices, could hold the same legal penalties.

In order to legally accompany a learner, a supervising driver must:

- be over the age of 21

- be qualified to drive the vehicle they are instructing in

- be fully insured for the vehicle they are instructing in

- have held a full, valid driving licence for a minimum of 3 years.

If a learner driver is found to be in charge of a vehicle without proper supervision, they could face penalties of up to £1,000 and six penalty points on their provisional licence.

Setting the right habits in a vehicle and supporting a learner is vital in terms of safety and the law. Supervisors must be as alert as if they were behind the wheel – so resist the urge to reach for your mobile.

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