Driving licence ALERT – How you could lose your licence by paying for a drive thru meal

Driving licence ALERT – How you could lose your licence by paying for a drive thru meal

Motorists could lose their driving licence by simply paying for food at a fast food drive thru in the UK.

The reason for this is technically it could be classed as you using your phone while driving.

Under current British road laws, motorists must not use or even touch their phone while behind the wheel of their car.

You can get a £200 fine and six penalty points if you use your phone while behind the wheel of your car.

However, this can increase to a fine of £1,000 if you are taken to court and up to £2,500 for a lorry or a bus.

Six penalty points are enough for a motorist that has held their licence for two years or less to be instantly banned from driving.

If you accrue that many points in the first two years you could have your licence revoked and be required to retake both parts of the test.

This law still applies when you are stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver.

Motorists could also face the penalty if they pay for food at a drive thru, as it could technically be viewed as a breach of the law.

A tweet posted previously by GMP Traffic seemingly confirms this too.

It read: “If your engine is off and your handbrake applied and you’re parked yes. If your engine is on NO.”

Motorists must, therefore, turn their engine off and apply to handbrake to be certain that they can’t be punished.

However, an NPCC spokesman previously said to Express.co.uk that drivers may not be penalised for the offence on a technicality.

They said: “The law applies to drivers using a mobile phone behind the wheel when on a ‘road’.

“Therefore, drivers using their phones ‘off road’, such as when paying at a drive-through, may not be committing this offence.

“We would hope that officers use their discretion in each case to avoid punishing drivers unnecessarily.”

There is only one instance in which it is okay to use your phone when behind the wheel and that is if you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop or if you are safely parked.

Published at Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:22:00 +0000

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