Lorry driver caught holding credit card and mobile phone as he drove on M40

A lorry driver has been caught endangering the lives of motorists by using the motorway with no hands on the steering wheel of his vehicle.

The man was caught holding a credit card and using a mobile phone as he drove on the M40 near Leamington Spa, Warks.

He was one of 3,000 law-breaking drivers filmed by police from a fleet of three Highways England-funded HGVs over the past year.

The cabs give officers an elevated position to observe and film unsafe driving on motorways and major A-roads for Operation Tramline.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, said: “We remain committed to tackling those who take unnecessary risks with the safety of others.”

Tom Cotton, of the Road Haulage Association, said: “There’s a small minority of drivers whose actions endanger other road users, often with tragic consequences.”

Since March 2017, motorists caught using a hand-held device have incur six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

David Beckham was last week banned for six months for using his mobile while driving a Bentley in London.

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