Should the IoM ban using hands free phones when driving? – Manx Radio

Call from UK MPs sparks debate in Isle of Man

Using mobile phones ‘hands free’ whilst driving could soon be banned, after pressure from some MPs in the UK.

The Isle of Man has similar laws to the neighbouring jurisdictions on using phones in cars – it is illegal to use handheld mobile phones, with a fine of up to £2,500 and four points on your licence.

However using hands free is perfectly within the rules.

But, is it safe?

Alex Wotton spoke to Mike Bristow from the road safety charity Brake:

Well how realistic is it, to expect people to heed this advice? Dollin Mercer went into Douglas town centre to find out:

Former roads policing officer Derek Flint is the honourary president of the Isle of Man Advanced Motorists:

You can see the official Isle of Man Constabulary line on using mobile phones whilst driving, here.

A statement from the Isle of Man Government says:

‘As with all new road safety developments in the UK, the Road Safety Strategy Group will monitor such developments’.

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