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?"
But one person commenting on the video said: "How do you know, you didn't ask the police or report it to them? Sorry Silvio that was one incident that should have been reported to the police and gave them the opportunity to do something about it."
He replied: " I see one in 3 drivers on their phone in my journey into work, what makes you think they're not aware of so much phone use? They're not tackling the issue at all!!! that is why this guy uses 3 devices, zero F given by authorities. I think is better to create pressure through social media than stating the obvious to a police man which is that most drivers is breaking the law using a mobile. ... also, the police are worse than you when it comes to cyclists, who's to tell."
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.
While the government plans to increase the punishment for drivers who illegally use mobile phones to a £200 fine and six penalty points, road safety campaigners believe that many drivers continue to break the law because scarce police resources due to government austerity cuts make enforcement all but impossible.
When the increased penalties were announced in October, Jayne Willetts of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "Unfortunately, with fewer officers out on the roads, more of these offences are going undetected."
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.