Hugo Swire – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Hugo Swire on 2016-09-13.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the dangers of using a hands-free kit while driving.

Andrew Jones

The Highway Code makes it clear that drivers need to be in control of their vehicles at all times. That means that drivers need to ensure that they use any device in their vehicles in a safe way when driving.

Driving while using a hands-free kit is legal and previously published research estimated that whilst a hands-free kit is distracting, it is safer than using a hand-held device.

Many cars now have built in hands-free kits and we are working with the industry to ensure that safety and legislation keeps pace with new technology as it develops.