FLEETS are being warned that drivers who have an accident while breaking the new law on mobile phone use while driving could have their insurance invalidated.
AA Insurance Services issued the alert as fleets prepare for the law that from December 1 bans the use of hand-held mobile phones while on the move. Geoff Hoyle, general manager of AA Insurance Services, said: 'While many drivers will see the new law as just another hassle, the truth is it will contribute significantly towards improving road safety.
'It's easy to be distracted by a mobile telephone which reduces both reaction times and the ability to control a vehicle.'
Hoyle claimed many drivers did not realise if they had an accident while breaking the law they put their insurance at risk.
He said: 'If you have an accident while jumping a red traffic light, there's a chance that the damage to your car won't be covered. After December 1, the same will apply to the use of a hand-held mobile telephone.
'The solution is simple – use an approved hands-free kit or switch the telephone off and catch up with your messages later. No telephone conversation is more important than your safety or the safety of other road users.
'Most people believe that their concentration won't be affected when they use a mobile telephone but, sadly, the statistics prove otherwise.'