USING a mobile phone while driving became an endorsable offence in the UK at the end of February 2007 and GEM Motoring Assist formerly The Guild of Experienced Motorists – (GEM), that is concerned for the safety of all road users, has issued a useful list of things you can and cannot do while driving a vehicle.
It says that apart from using a phone that is not fitted with a hands free device motorists need to remember that they cannot eat or drink while at the wheel. The driver can smoke, but lighting the cigarette while on the move can prove a challenge as if both hands are taken off the steering wheel the driver may not be considered to be in proper control of the vehicle.
Disposing of the cigarette by throwing it out of the open car window is also an offence as it may hit or distract another motorist or motorcyclist. In fact ejecting any rubbish from a vehicle contravenes litter laws.
Most recently GEM has noted that a health and safety inspector was stopped by police in Perthshire, Scotland while shaving as he overtook a line of rush hour traffic at between 60 and 70 mph, setting a particularly bad example as he was late on his journey to deliver...