AS of today, new Highway Code rules will be implemented regarding the use of mobile phones behind the wheel.

From march 25, it is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel for virtually any use, including to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.

If a driver uses a handheld phone behind the wheel, they can get a fine of up to £1,000, 6 points on their licence, and a driving ban.

This means you must not use a device in the driver’s hand for any reason, whether online or offline. The law applies to you if you’re:

• 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

There are exceptions, such as if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency or making a contactless payment in a vehicle that is not moving.