Minicab caught driving into back of ambulance on busy east London road

A minicab was caught driving into the back of an ambulance on a busy east London road.

The footage, caught by a passing motorist, was posted on social media late on Monday night.

A white hatchback private hire vehicle can be seen crawling slowly in busy traffic, before accelerating steadily into the back of the working London ambulance.

During the video, the ambulance crew members can be seen exiting the vehicle to assess the damage and talk to the private hire vehicle driver.

One reader on social media responded by saying: “That is what happens when you look at your phone.”

The London Road Safety Council launched a new campaign in November to highlight how mobile phone obsession is putting people in danger as they use them on the move.

The campaign was launched to coincide with UK Road Safety Week (18-24 November), which sought to raise public awareness of road safety issues and act as ‘the driver for positive change on UK roads’.

Research shows that using a mobile phone while driving multiplies a person’s risk of a serious crash by four times.

Councillor Teji Barnes, chair of the LRSC, said: “There has been a lot of attention given to the dangers of using a phone while driving, and our campaign not only highlights this issue, but also the need for all road users to keep their heads up and their phone down if they are to stay safe. 

“We have all seen people stepping into the road while looking at their phone, it has become a really big issue.”

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