Concerns over tractor drivers using phones while driving

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VILLAGERS in Herefordshire have told police they are concerned after spotting tractor drivers using mobile phones while driving.

He says it’s illegal to hold a phone or GPS while driving, but Ewyas Harold advisers say tractor drivers ignore the laws.

Minutes from the Oct. 11 meeting said clerk Mark Hearne would take the council’s concerns to the police.

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Ewyas Harold Parish Council had raised concerns about tractor drivers breaking the law while traveling through the village of Golden Valley.

Tougher penalties for using mobile phones while driving any vehicle on public roads came into effect in 2016.

Penalty points for breaches have been increased from three to six, while the fixed fine has been increased from £100 to £200.


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The police can pull you over if they think you are out of control because you are distracted and you can be prosecuted, potentially for serious offenses such as driving without care or attention.

Drivers who have passed their test within the past two years will lose their license if caught, and drivers can also face legal action where they could be banned from driving and fined up to £1,000.

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Bus or lorry drivers face a maximum fine of £2,500.

The phone use law applies even if you are stopped at traffic lights, waiting in traffic or supervising a learner driver.

Exemptions include calling 999 if it is unsafe or impossible to stop, if you are parked safely, if you are making a contactless payment while stationary, or if you are using the device to park your vehicle from a distance.

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