A lorry driver was caught driving for over an hour while using his phone in Wiltshire today. The driver of the truck was arrested by the police.
Wiltshire Police said they “observed” the driver using his phone illegally on the roads. The driver of the HGV was reportedly spotted by a member of the public who reported him to the police. Under current rules, he could face a £2,500 fine.
In a Tweet from the Wiltshire Specialist Operations account (@WiltsSpecOps), Wiltshire Police said: “A HGV driver has been arrested and reported to court after driving over a mile using a mobile phone. This was observed by a marked RPU vehicle and also reported to the police by a concerned member of the public.”
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The driver was arrested by police and taken to court. Using your phone while driving is a serious driving offense and the law has recently been changed to harsher penalties for those who do.
It is illegal to use a phone, GPS, tablet or any other device that can send or receive data while driving or riding a motorcycle. This includes sending text messages, making calls, taking photos or videos, or browsing the web.
The law applies when you are actively driving, but also when you are stopped at a red light or waiting in traffic. It’s also an offense if you use a device while supervising a learner driver or driving a car that shuts off the engine when you stop moving.
However, you can use devices with hands-free access. This includes the use of a Bluetooth headset, voice command, dashboard mount or mat, windshield mount or built-in satellite navigation system.
If you break the law by using your phone while driving, you could receive six penalty points and a £200 fine. You will also lose your license if you have passed your driving license within the last two years.
Those who are brought to justice could also face even harsher penalties. These include a driving ban and a fine of up to £1,000. Those driving a truck could be fined £2,500.