If someone phones you on your mobile phone whilst you are driving, they must surely know that you are actually working, right?
In that case, it must be a really important call, or they wouldn’t be calling you at work!
Maybe it’s your boss calling to tell you that you set off with the wrong load, or the ferry crossing you are heading for has been cancelled.
You decide that you need to answer the phone but you have to stay safe and within the law, so what do you do?
There are several ‘hands-free’ options available to you, ranging from ear-mounted devices and headsets, to factory-fitted ‘BlueTooth’ setups – but please be aware that whilst a hands-free solution will save you from a fixed-penalty ticket, if your attention is divided between driving and having a conversation, you still aren’t 100% safe to yourself or other road users.
General advice is that you should always be legally parked-up (that means parking brake on, engine off) before having a conversation on the phone, and you should never initiate a call whilst driving.
If you need to call someone at a certain time, make sure it coincides with a planned stop or rest break.
The government doubled the penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to six penalty points and a £200 fine in March 2017. Vocational drivers may even have their entitlements suspended by the Traffic Commissioner and newly-qualified drivers will automatically lose their licence under the points system.
Now that covert HGV’s and road-side cameras are being used for enforcement, it just isn’t worth the risk.