Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 2695

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) 

(Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003

  Made 20th October 2003  
  Laid before Parliament 27th October 2003  
  Coming into force 1st December 2003  

The Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 41(1) and (5) of the Road Traffic Act 1988[1], and after consultation with representative organisations in accordance with section 195(2) of that Act, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation
     1. These Regulations may be cited as the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003 and shall come into force on 1st December 2003.

Amendment of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986
2. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986[2] are amended by inserting after regulation 109 - 

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

David Jamieson
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Transport

20th October 2003


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These regulations amend the Construction and Use Regulations 1986 by inserting a new regulation 110.

Regulations 110(1) and (2) prohibit a person from driving, or causing or permitting a person to drive, a motor vehicle on a road if the driver is using a hand-held mobile telephone or similar device. Regulation 110(3) prohibits a person from using a mobile telephone or similar device while supervising a holder of a provisional licence at a time when the provisional licence holder is driving a motor vehicle on a road. It is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to contravene these regulations. Regulation 110(4) provides a definition of devices that are considered similar to hand-held mobile telephones for the purpose of these regulations. This definition excludes two-way radios.

Regulation 110(5) provides that in specific circumstances a person will not breach the regulation. Where a person makes a call to the emergency services on 999 or 112 in response to a genuine emergency where it is unsafe or impracticable for him (or the provisional licence holder) to cease driving while the call is being made, the regulation is not breached.

A full regulatory impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business is available from Road Safety Division, Zone 2/11, Department for Transport, Great Minister House, 76 Marsham Street SW1P 4DR, telephone 020 7944 2046, facsimile 020 7944 2029, A copy has been placed in the library of both Houses of Parliament.


[1] 1988 c. 53.back

[2] S.I. 1986/1078, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.back

[3] 1949 c. 54.back


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