Last week it was National Fast Food Day, and this got us thinking. This day each year (and every other day for that matter) sees people order in or pick up their favourite fast food to celebrate this deliciously unhealthy date. However, there is a potentially expensive risk that is often overlooked by motorists who may innocently crave a treat from Maccy D’s from a “drive thru.” If, like a significant number of people, you choose to pay for your burger or bargain bucket using a mobile phone app, such as apple pay or android auto, you could end up paying a lot more than the cost of your fast food treat!
Most people will be aware that it is against the law to use a mobile phone or other interactive communication device whilst driving a motor vehicle, otherwise known as the mobile phone offence. The penalty for this offence was increased to 6 points and a fixed penalty fine of £200 in 2017. Surely this does not apply to nipping down to the local KFC and gorging in some finger licking food? Well, maybe not but if cruising through the drive thru to collect your food, it might! When you hover your phone over the card machine at the drive thru window, whilst behind the wheel of your car, applying the strict letter of the law, this falls within the mobile phone offence criteria: