Black cab driver caught holding cellphone faces 6 points and a fine

Image Credit: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Traffic Police Unit

Police have issued a ticket to a black taxi driver after he was seen using his mobile phone while driving in the Peterborough area.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Traffic Police Unit caught the taxi driver yesterday holding his mobile device and they can now expect 6 points on their license and a £200 fine.

Officers say the ‘professional driver’ tried to make ‘every excuse possible’ by claiming the phone was on speakerphone.

The government recently closed a loophole previously exploited by dangerous drivers to escape conviction. From March 25, 2022, motorists are now deemed to be breaking the law if they use a mobile phone while driving for any purpose, including taking photos or videos, scrolling through playlists or playing games. games.

Anyone caught using their handheld device while driving could face a fine of up to £1,000 as well as 6 points on their license or a driving ban altogether.

The BCH traffic police unit said via social media: “After being seen on his phone and making every apology possible, this ‘professional driver’ has been ticketed and can expect 6 points and a a fine of £200.

“Having your phone on speakerphone is still illegal.”

What constitutes “USE” of a mobile phone?

According to text of law Iinstrumentsthe meaning of “using” a telephone will cover the following:

  • illuminate the screen

  • check the time

  • verification of notifications

  • device unlock

  • make, receive or reject a phone or internet call

  • send, receive or upload oral or written content

  • send, receive or download a photo or video

  • using a camera, video or sound recording

  • write any text

  • access all stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, movies, playlists, notes or messages

  • access an app

  • access the Internet.

Why is there a contactless payment waiver?

There is an exemption to the new law for drivers making a contactless payment using their mobile phone while stationary to ensure the law keeps pace with technology.

This exemption will cover, for example, places like a drive-through restaurant or a toll road, and will only apply when payment is made with a card reader. It will not allow motorists to make general payments online while driving.

This rule also extends to taking payments using handheld devices, which many taxi drivers do.

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