Definition A hand-held device is something that is or must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or undertaking any other interactive form of communication including: Making or receiving calls. Sending or receiving picture and text messages accessing the internet. Even pressing any button to view the time. The law is still enforceable when stationery in traffic or when supervising a learner driver. If you are an employer you too can be prosecuted if you ask your employees to make or receive call while driving. The Penalties If you're caught using a hand-held mobile or similar device (eg. PDA) while driving or riding you can expect to receive an automatic fixed penalty notice. This means you'll get three penalty points on your driving licence and have to pay a fine of £60. However, if your case goes to court you may face disqualification in addition to a maximum fine of £1,000. If you drive a bus, coach or heavy goods vehicle you could face a fine of up to £2,500. Exemptions You should only use your mobile phone in a vehicle if you: Need to call 999 in response to an emergency. Where it's unsafe or impractical to stop Are safely parked Are a passenger Use of Hands-free phones, sat-navs and two way radios: whilst their use is not illegal, they can be a distraction and you'll face the same penalties if the police believe you're not in proper control of your vehicle. If you require advice in relation to any Criminal matter please contact our Crime team on 0845 5212999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be able to assist you. The above is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.