London Mayor to probe Uber phone use whilst driving

The London Mayor is to investigate the dangers posed by Uber drivers use of mobile phones to except jobs while at the wheel. The probe was prompted by a question from Caroline Pidgeon at the London Assembly where she highlighted the fact that the Uber app effectively forces drivers to interact with their phone while driving. Ms Pidgeon warned that the practice poses a danger to the public and is against the law. She urged the mayor to speak to the Met Police about issuing similar guidance in London. The London Assembly transport leader told LTDA’s TAXI: “It is against the law to use your phone whilst driving, yet many apps expect drivers to interact whilst driving, which puts all road users at risk.”

Sadiq Khan confirmed this month that further investigation is on his list of commitments. He said that he will ask the Deputy Mayor for Transport to work with both the police and crime and transport committees to investigate the issue. It is illegal to use a phone or a sat nav when driving unless you’re safely parked or you need to call the emergency services and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop. Drivers must have must have hands- free access, such as a Bluetooth headset, or a voice command app. The law applies even if motorists are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. The fine is now £200 and six penalty points.

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