Instructors using mobiles whilst teaching
Did you know that if you are a driving instructor giving a lesson you are considered as being in charge of the vehicle, and therefore using a hand-held mobile device whilst the engine is running is illegal?
This also includes when your car is stationary such as waiting in a queue of traffic, at level crossings or at traffic lights.
If you are using a hand-held mobile device whilst teaching and are caught doing so by the police, you will incur a fixed penalty fine of £100 and 3 penalty points will be added to your driving licence. This is due to be increased to a £200 fine and 6 penalty points.
Most insurers load premiums significantly for driving tuition insurance for anyone with a CU80 conviction and some are even refusing to insure driving instructors with a CU80 conviction. This is because most insurers see using a hand held mobile device phone behind the wheel as a conscious choice by the driver.
Additionally, most insurers take the view that people who use their phone behind the wheel are likely to do so on a regular basis which makes them a greater risk of having an accident in the future.
The regulations apply to anyone supervising a learner driver. Driving instructors, professional or otherwise, cannot use a hand-held mobile device whilst teaching.
In addition, it also sets a bad example to your pupils who may then think it is acceptable to use mobile devices whilst driving.
The regulations do not cover hands-free equipment, provided that the phone can be used without actually holding it.