1. Staff who are on call or frequently away from their workplace may be issued with a mobile phone by the University. This note provides guidance on the use of a mobile phone when driving.
2. From 1st December the use of hand-held phones whilst driving will become a criminal offence. Offenders will face a fine and may attract points on their licence.
3. The regulations apply to hand held mobiles and similar hand held electronic devices, but not cradle-mounted hands free kit, other hands free devices or two-way press to speak radios, provided that the device is not held during its operation.
- - Staff using hand-held mobile phones and similar devices must not use them whilst driving.
- - If your vehicle is stationary and the engine is running (e.g. traffic jam or traffic lights) this is defined as 'driving' and the regulations will apply.
- - You should never therefore either initiate or respond to calls on hand-held devices whilst driving.
- - Due care and attention must be paid when using hands free kit whilst driving.
- - Staff contacting mobile phone users should be aware of these restrictions.
4. This note is for the attention of staff who use a mobile phone in the course of their employment and their managers.
5. The University will not be responsible for payment of any fines incurred by staff in contravention of this guidance.