Police are driving this double decker spy bus in Yorkshire to hand fines to dodgy drivers

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Police are driving this undercover bus in Yorkshire in order to catch drivers using their phone at the wheel.

Officers from Batley and Spen NPT have teamed up with Arriva Yorkshire this month as part of OpTellergate, patrolling for Traffic offences including using mobile phones, failing to stop for red lights and dangerous driving offences in general.

Police have teamed up with a bus company in Yorkshire this month to catch dodgy drivers. Photo: West Yorkshire Police

Police have teamed up with a bus company in Yorkshire this month to catch dodgy drivers. Photo: West Yorkshire Police

A driver was caught using his phone at the wheel just FIVE minutes into the bus going out on the roads to catch dodgy drivers.

He was handed a £200 fine and 6 points on his licence.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "Only 5 minutes into our journey and our first driver has been stopped.

"Mobile phone offences now receive 6 points and a £200 fine."

The bus allows officers to see into cars with ease out on the roads.

In the past, the police have used special lorries on the M1 to catch motorists on the motorway.

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When can you use a mobile phone in your car?

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

you’re safely parked

you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop

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What are the punishments for being caught using a phone at the wheel?

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

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be banned from driving or riding

get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you’re driving a lorry or bus)