Drivers face prosecution for touching mobile phone behind the wheel
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said an urgent review will be carried out to tighten up the existing laws on hand-held mobile use by motorists.
Currently, reckless motorists can only be prosecuted if they are caught using hand-held phones to call or text.
Those who drive while taking photos, filming video or scrolling through music playlists and social media are exempt from punishment due to a legal loophole.
Drivers caught holding phones for any reason could face six points on their licence and a fine of up to £200 after the Department for Transport (DfT) revises the legislation.
The new law is expected to come into force by spring 2020.