Using Google Maps while driving could land you £1000 fine following rule change

Using Google Maps or another sat nav system while driving could land you a £1000 fine under rules which came in last year.

Although using a phone while driving or riding a motorbike has been banned for years, there was a legal loophole which meant you could hold your phone for using a sat nav.

But this time last year, the Highway Code was updated to ban people from using their phone for maps or sat nav.

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If you're caught using your phone, even for sat nav purposes, it could land you a maximum fine of £1000.

The government has said: "It's 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. For example, you must not text, make calls, take photos or videos, or browse the web."

So even if you're using your phone for a sat nav app, it could carry a minimum penalty of £200 and six points on your licence—or land you a £1000 court fine and a driving ban.

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The rules also apply to holding a sat nav, as well as if you're stopped in traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

So, if you want to avoid getting in trouble, it's probably a good idea to get a phone mount for your device and sticking it on your dashboard somewhere that doesn't obstruct your view of the road.

You should also hook up your phone to your car speakers using Bluetooth if you want to have a comfortable experience driving—or just pull over to take a call.


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