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Government urged to close ‘mobile phone while driving’ loophole

Road safety organisations are calling on the government to update the laws about driving while using a mobile phone, after a motorist had his conviction overturned.

The High Court overturned the conviction because the motorist – Ramsey Barreto, a 51-year-old builder from west London – was using his phone to film a collision, rather than to make a call or use the internet.

The current law states that an offence is only committed if a handheld mobile phone is used for ‘interactive communication’. However, this law dates back to 2003, before the smart phone became so widespread.

Marshall Motor Holdings Plc (LON:MMH), together with its subsidiaries, engages in retailing passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the United Kingdom. It sells new and used vehicles; and provides after sales services, such as servicing, body shop repairs, and parts sales.

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