Article By Oliver Lewis

Police Now Using Double Decker Buses To Catch Mobile Phone Users Behind The Wheel​

The police are once again taking action against mobile phone users behind the wheel with the use of double decker buses!

From their new vantage point, officers are able to look straight into vehicles to catch motorists on their phone.

This new weapon has been tested out in a number of locations around the UK and has already proven to be very effective with over 100 drivers stopped for motoring offences.

With such a high success rate we could all expect to see this tactic used in our area in the coming months.

So what are the rules of using a mobile phone behind the wheel?

You can use a mobile phone hands-free via:

  • a Bluetooth headset
  • voice command
  • a dashboard holder

But remember, the law still applies to you if you’re:

  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • supervising a learner driver

If you use your phone hands-free, you must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.

The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted.

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

  • you’re safely parked
  • you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

  • be banned from driving or riding
  • get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)

If you passed your driving test in the last 2 years, you’ll lose your licence.

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