It has been illegal in the UK to use a hand held mobile phone while driving, or while stopped with the engine on, since December 2003.
As from the 1st March 2017, the penalty for using a hands held mobile device to make a call or send a text message increases for three to six penalty points and a fine from £100 to £200.
There's worldwide evidence that using any sort of phone has a considerable effect on collision risk, and can have a major bearing on whether or not you could be found guilty of careless or dangerous driving.
The THINK! campaign has also produced a variety of downloads to help you share the message of the dangers of using mobile phones whilst driving. These resources also aim to inform all drivers about the tougher handheld mobile phone legislation that is now in effect.
Source: Driving for Better Business