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Survey finds drivers unsure of law on use of mobile phones

FLEET car drivers need guidance on the law regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving, a survey has revealed. Motorists questioned by Lease Plan were split down the middle over whether using a phone on the move was legal or illegal, although 95% regarded it as unsafe.

The survey of 150 drivers highlights the need for clearer laws on the use of mobile phones, according to the firm, which runs more than 67,000 vehicles in the UK. Lease Plan's managing director Howard Thomas said: 'There is clearly a need for clarification in the law and consistency in enforcement to iron out any confusion among drivers.'

The Highway Code states that careless and inconsiderate driving while using a hand-held mobile phone can result in a £2,500 fine, possible disqualification and 3-9 points on a driver's licence. Legislation has not been passed banning the practice.

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