Motorists using smartphones to pay at a drive thru could be fined £200 and a driving ban


Motorists using a McDonalds or KFC drive thru could be fined £200 and land six penalty points for paying for their meal with a smartphone.

Hungry motorists could be punished with the charge if they make a simple error while paying for their food.

Mobile phone driving law punishments increased from £100 and three points in 2017 to £200 and six penalty points.

Any driver caught with a phone in their hand while behind the wheel could land the fine and points.

This fine could rise to £1,000 if your case goes to court. What’s more, motorists who accrue six points in the first two years could face an instant ban from driving.

Mobile phone payment apps such as Apple Pay or Google Pay have grown in popularity over the past few years.

A law technicality could, however, see you fined and punished as the phone is in your hand while behind the wheel.

A motorist asked a police officer on Twitter about the law and how it applies at a drive thru.

Greater Manchester Police Traffic replied: “If your engine is off and your handbrake applied and you’re parked yes. If your engine is on no.”

Drivers are forbidden from using their mobile phone while driving unless it is attached to a Bluetooth headset or hands free device.

RAC spokesman, Rod Dennis said: “Every driver should always ensure they are parked and have their engine switched off before using a handheld phone.

“Anything else could land them in trouble, even if they are in a car park, drive-thru or petrol forecourt.”

It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • a bluetooth headset
  • voice command
  • a dashboard holder or mat
  • a windscreen mount
  • a built-in sat nav

The law still applies to motorists stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic or supervising a learner driver.


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