Have you been charged with using a mobile phone whilst driving or any other motoring offence in Scotland? Our road traffic lawyers can provide you with the advice and representation you need.

Driving whilst using a mobile phone Law in Scotland

The law makes it an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This means that drivers cannot pick up a mobile phone in their hand and use it while driving. The offence applies equally to motorcycle riders as it does to other motor vehicle drivers.

The law also covers “other hand-held interactive communication devices” such as tablets and potentially e-readers.

Road Traffic Law Scotland

Persons who use a hand-held mobile phone while driving can receive a fixed penalty notice or find themselves the subject of a criminal prosecution. The consequences of a conviction can de disastrous. The offences carries the mandatory imposition of 6 penalty points which can in some cases result in the loss of a person’s licence under the totting up provisions. It can also have an implication on your insurance premiums and in some cases, employers may no longer permit you to drive under their policy of insurance. 

However, the offence only captures certain types of use. It does not, for instance apply, to those using the “standalone” functions of a phone. This is a technical point and one which is frequently overlooked. It is often only through the knowledge and skill of the solicitor that a challenge to the allegation is successful. 

Road Traffic Lawyers Edinburgh & East Lothian, Scotland

At Thorley Stephenson Solicitors we have a dedicated Road Traffic Team with over 50 years of collective experience. Our dedicated solicitors understand the technical aspects to this offence and have the ability to exploit any gaps in the prosecution evidence. This standard of representation has often resulted in the client either being acquitted of the offence altogether or the prosecution being forced to accept a lesser charge with lower penalties. 

Contact Our Mobile Phone Driving Offences Lawyers Edinburgh & East Lothian, Scotland

If you have been charged with driving whilst using a mobile phone or if you have received a fixed penalty notice it is important that you receive the very best advice. Call Thorley Stephenson Solicitors on 0131 225 2759.

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