It is illegal to hold a phone or satellite navigation device whilst driving or riding a motorcycle. If found guilty, this offence attracts 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. If you passed your driving test two years before the offence, you will lose your licence.
A hands-free device is permitted as long as it does not block your view of the road and traffic ahead, and is not distracting you from being in control of your vehicle. You can attract 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.
You can also be taken to court, where you may be banned from driving or riding, or get a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry).
Defending against such charges will often involve cross examination regarding whether or not you were indeed in operation a mobile phone. Having an expert traffic law barrister can greatly improve your chances of defending against a charge.