New laws could allow ‘phone parking’
RULES on using mobile phones while behind the wheel may be changed under proposals to make remote-control parking technology legal. The Government wants to make changes to the Highway Code that would allow remote-control parking, saying it will provide significant advantages for motorists with mobility problems.
Some vehicles can park themselves at slow speeds with the driver either inside or near the vehicle using a button on the key fob.
However, because other remote parking devices are accessed through smartphone apps, the law will need to be altered to allow the use of devices behind the wheel.
The government is proposing use of a mobile while at the wheel be legitimised if it is being used for a remote-controlled parking function, and that the device only lets the car move if it is continually activated by the driver, the signal between driver and vehicle is maintained and the distance between vehicle and device is no more than six metres.