Using a mobile phone while driving: law change

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Introduction

 

Thank you for responding to our consultation your views will assist in determining if the existing offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving for communication functions (calls, texts and so on) should be broadened so that it applies also to standalone mode functions (such as scrolling for music stored on the phones) [opens in a new window].

The closing date is 17 January 2021.

View all the questions

This survey supplies questions based on user choice, a full listing of questions is available [opens in new window].

Print or save a copy of your response

At the end of this questionnaire, you will be offered the chance to either print or save a copy of your response for your records. This appears after you press 'Submit your response'.

Save and continue option

You may 'save and continue' your response at any time. If you do so you'll be sent an email link allowing you to continue where you left off.

You must enter your correct email address however. A mistake in the email address means you won't receive the link you need to complete your response.

Confidentiality and data protection

The Department for Transport (DfT) is running this consultation to seek feedback on its proposal to broaden the existing offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving for communication functions (calls, texts and so on) so that it applies also to the standalone mode functions (such as scrolling for music stored on the phones).

In this consultation we’re asking for:

  • your name and email address, in case we need to ask you follow-up questions about your responses (you do not have to give us this personal information, but if you do provide it, we will use it only for the purpose of asking follow-up questions)
  • whether you are representing an organisation or yourself

Additionally for organisations we are asking for the:

  • organisation name, for identification of the business
  • main interest of your organisation, to better understanding the work relationship
  • approximate number of people your organisation represents, to weigh your response accordingly 

Your consultation response and the processing of personal data that it entails is necessary for the exercise of our functions as a government department. Any information you provide that allows individual people to be identified, including yourself, will be protected by data protection law and DfT will be the controller for this information.

Your personal data is processed on behalf of DfT by Smartsurvey, with respect that they run the survey collection software only, your personal data will not be shared with any other third parties, even those employed for the purpose of analysis. DfT’s privacy policy (open in new window) has more information about your rights in relation to your personal data, how to complain and how to contact the Data Protection Officer.

Your information will be kept securely and destroyed within 12 months after the closing date. Any information provided through the online questionnaire will be moved to our internal systems within 2 months of the consultation period end date.