Research from 1,000 UK van drivers has found that 46 per cent of them use an app on their smartphone but may still be at risk of breaking the law following the introduction of new rules from January 2022
New laws state that it is illegal to touch your device (designed to prevent a loophole that allowed taking photos or scrolling on social media) While it is still legal to use sat nav on your mobile phone, it must be secured to the dashboard or windscreen and it must not block your view.
In additions to the law, you must also have hands-free access, such as a Bluetooth headset, voice command, or limited integration with the on-board infotainment system, with police able to stop you if they see you are distracted by the phone.
93 per cent of van drivers reportedly use a sat nav system yet despite so many keying in a destination before setting off, the research found that half don’t always listen to the instructions, instead preferring to take their own shortcuts and ignoring the advice of the technology – even though current generation sat navs offer real-time traffic updates to divert around road closures or congestion.
Just seven per cent of drivers are not using any type of sat nav systems and rely on local knowledge or maps to complete their daily trips. Mosts customised vans come with smart phone integration.
David Hanna, Head of Sales Operations at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “We know that van drivers rely on sat navs to get them from one job to the next, but it’s important they do so legally. No matter which app or device you prefer for your directions, we have the technology in our award-winning range of vehicles to get you from A to B in a way that best suits you, while ensuring both yourself and other road users are safe.”