Author: Dennis Chapman
Published: November 25, 2013
Reading time: 1 minute
This article is 8 years old.
Read our disclaimer keyboard_arrow_down
This website content is intended as a general guide to law as it applies to the motor trade. Lawgistics has taken every effort to ensure that the contents are as accurate and up to date as at the date of first publication.
The laws and opinions expressed within this website may be varied as the law develops. As such we cannot accept liability for or the consequence of, any change of law, or official guidelines since publication or any misuse of the information provided.
The opinions in this website are based upon the experience of the authors and it must be recognised that only the courts and recognised tribunals can interpret the law with authority.
Examples given within the website are based on the experience of the authors and centre upon issues that commonly give rise to disputes. Each situation in practice will be different and may comprise several points commented upon.
If you have any doubt about the correct legal position you should seek further legal advice from Lawgistics or a suitably qualified solicitor. We cannot accept liability for your failure to take professional advice where it should reasonably be sought by a prudent person.
All characters are fictitious and should not be taken as referring to any person living or dead.
Use of this website shall be considered acceptance of the terms of the disclaimer presented above.
It would be a rare person who has not been guilty of some distraction while driving which is an admission that we are not fully focussing on our driving. It could be fumbling for something on a back seat, checking the glove box etc, eating while at the wheel and of course the use of mobile phones.
There is an argument at the moment to ban the use of any phones in the vehicle; we will see how that develops.
However, all employers should ensure they have a policy to prohibit the use of mobile phones, which of course is illegal anyway, and provide hands free facilities for those employees who are expected to keep in touch. Encourage phone users to store messages and then check them when they can safely do so at rest.