McDonalds fans warned as drive-thru customers risk £200 fine and six points

McDonalds fans warned as drive-thru customers risk £200 fine and six points

McDonald's drive-thru customers have been warned a new law could see them fined by up to £200.

Motorists using their phone while behind the wheel in stationary traffic could receive a fine, as well as six points on their licence.

The law means nobody can use their phone while at traffic lights, motorway queues or even a drive-thru, reports Liverpool Echo.

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There are some exceptions, for example, if someone's making an emergency call or using their phone to pay at the drive-thru.

Rule 149 of the Highway Code said: "You must exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times.

"You must not use a phone, or similar device, when driving or when supervising a learner driver, except to call 999 in an emergency."

Signs are now dotted around McDonald's drive-thru services to urge people to not use their phones, but to order from the app.

The signs read: "Tell us your app code to earn rewards. Do not use the McDonald's app while your engine is running."

People should download the four-digit code before arriving at the drive-thru at a time when it's safe and legal.

When the law was first introduced, the director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts warned it must be taken seriously by motorists.

Keith Hawes added: "The changes to mobile phone driving laws are vital to improving the safety of Britain's roads.

"Drivers must take these rules seriously to help reduce the number of tragic deaths caused by violations.

"As the world evolves, these adaptations to driving laws are important to keep up-to-date with how technology is used.

"We hope these penalties are a strong deterrent to drivers who use their mobile phones behind the wheel."

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He added: "It is not just mobile devices that drivers should be cautious of.

"Despite no new rules being enforced on the use of internal infotainment systems, they can be a potential distraction for drivers.

"Touchscreens have become a common addition to vehicles, and the more complex they become, the more distracting they can be."

Kieth claimed motorists could be prosecuted if they're found not in proper control of their vehicle.

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