Police have warned that drivers who use their smartphones as a satnav face being fined for using a mobile whilst driving.
Reports suggest that, although using a phone as a satnav is not illegal, touching one whilst driving would be, leading to six penalty points and a £200 fine.
The Daily Mail quotes a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council as saying, “If an officer determines that a driver using their satnav hindered their ability to control the car, the driver could face prosecution.”
The paper adds that these warnings “expose inconsistencies” between the more lenient penalties for using a traditional or built-in satnav and the harsher punishments involving mobile phone use.
The Telegraph quotes the RAC saying, “You shouldn’t interact with a handheld mobile device at all while driving. The penalties for use of a handheld phone were raised to six penalty points and a £200 fine from 1 April 2017.
“While a quick interaction with an in-built or independent sat-nav (ie not on a mobile phone) should be acceptable, if a police officer deems you are not in proper control of a vehicle you may still be liable for prosecution.