Operation Top Deck was launched by West Midlands Police who caught 45 offending drivers in just a few hours

 

Motorists beware! Police officers in the UK have turned to double-decker buses to help catch drivers who continue to use their mobile phone whilst behind the wheel.

Operation Top Deck was launched by West Midlands Police with the aim of catching motorists who still think it’s okay to flout the law, despite tougher punishments being introduced last year.

Officers in plain clothes sit on the top deck of a double-decker bus where they can look down into passing cars using a video camera, recording offending drivers who are found to be using their mobile phone whilst behind the wheel.

Operation Top Deck was launched by West Midlands Police who caught 45 offending drivers in just a few hours

UK police turn to double-decker buses to help catch drivers using their mobile phones. © Copyright Jaggery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

With so many motorists still ignoring the fact that mobile phone use whilst driving is illegal and comes with a £200 fine and six penalty points, Operation Top Deck was launched in a bid to try and reduce the number of motorists who continue to flout the law.

Some officers from West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team are positioned on the top deck of a bus whilst others are on bikes. Those on the bus radio down to officers on bikes to inform them when a motorist is spotted breaking the law.

Offending motorists are then asked to follow the officers on bikes to a designated location where they are shown clips of them actually committing the offence. They are also shown disturbing clips surrounding the danger of using a mobile phone whilst in control of a vehicle.

The scheme had only been running for a few hours and within that time 45 drivers were caught.

Double-decker buses give police officers the perfect position in which to be able to detect whether a driver is actually committing the offence of using their mobile phone behind the wheel, as many offenders use a mobile on their lap which makes it difficult for officers to actually see the phone itself.

As well as tougher punishments for those caught flouting the law, drivers could also be disqualified from driving under the new rules if caught using a phone behind the wheel.

Now, if a motorist collects six points within their first two years on the road they could have their licence revoked.

An instant ban does mean that new drivers would have to resit their theory and practical test to gain their licence back.

You could even be handed a £1,000 fine as well as an instant ban if your case goes to court, whilst bus and HGV drivers could be given a fine of up to £2,500.

 

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