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HGV driver filmed holding a phone to each ear

A HGV driver was filmed by the police holding a mobile phone to each ear on the M4 motorway whilst steering with his elbows. The footage was captured from the cab of a police lorry driving alongside the dangerous driver.

An officer can be heard gasping at what was seen. When the driver noticed that he was being filmed he put both hands back on the steering wheel but with both devices still in his hands.

You can see the footage below.

The driver was stopped as part of Operation Tramline where police officers are using HGV cabs to put them at the same height as HGV drivers.  The police have three super cabs and are working with forces across the country to tackle offences such as use of mobile devices and not wearing seatbelts.

Using one phone is dangerous enough but two absolutely insane. Lets hope that the driver receives the appropriate punishment for such irresponsible behaviour.  Which begs the question, how would you know if your drivers’ received a fixed penalty notice, new penalty points or ban for driving? And do you know the status of their driving licence?

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Source: The Metro

Posted on: 19.02.2021

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