Rider said he didn’t report the motorist because he has no confidence in police taking action…
Is this a record? A helmetcam-using cyclist in London has filmed a motorist using THREE handheld devices while illegally driving in a bus lane at rush hour.
YouTube user Silvio Diego posted the footage, showing the motorist with a mobile phone in each hand and another on his lap, to the video-sharing website today, saying:
Untaxed vehicle, MGIF, Close Pass, Speeding, dangerous driving around cyclists, all of this while using 3 MOBILE PHONES!!! During my commute I see many drivers on their mobile phones, but this guy really takes the Mickey, 3 devices!!! One in each hand + one on his lap, possibly listening to music. To top that up he drivers dangerously around cyclists while using a bus lane which he’s not allowed.
The video also shows a police van a couple of vehicles ahead, but asked in the comments to the video about why he didn’t point out the motorist to the officers in the vehicle, he made it clear he has little confidence in the police taking action against cyclists drivers using mobile phones.
He said: “If I see one in three drivers on their mobiles on my commute into work, why would I bother telling the police that this idiot was on the phone?”
Recent Home Office figures suggest that his cynicism may not be misplaced, with the number of drivers fined for illegally using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel plummeting in recent years, and in 2015 was a tenth of what it was a decade earlier – a period that coincides with the rise of smartphones and social media, meaning there are even more potential distractions nowadays besides voice calls.