Use of mobile phones
A Notice of Intended Prosecution has been received from Warwickshire Police in respect of an agency driver who was using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving a company haulage vehicle.
The Notice alleges that the driver committed one or more of three offences:
- Dangerous driving.
- Driving without due care and attention.
- Driving holding hand-held mobile phone.
The observation was made by a police officer on a Monday morning. The driver was observed to be turning left using his left hand whilst driving in a 20mph school safety zone.
Warwickshire Police have requested the driver’s name, the company policy on driving whilst using a phone and the driver’s tachograph for the previous 21 days. As a result of the incident the driver has been dismissed.
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Drivers are reminded of the company policy on the use of mobile phones whilst driving:
- A “hands-free” kit, or device that achieves the same level of safety e.g.”Bluetooth” system, must be used.
- The phone is only to be operated by pressing a single, easily accessible button or by using a “voice command” facility.
- It must be safe to use the mobile phone taking into consideration driving conditions.
- Calls are only made when they are important and cannot be delayed.
- The duration of incoming and outgoing calls must be kept to an absolute minimum.
- Drivers must not send or read text messages whilst operating a vehicle.
People making calls to mobile phones are responsible for encouraging compliance with these requirements. They must keep the duration of a conversation with a driver to a minimum and must always check in the first instance that it is safe for the driver to receive the call.
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