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Old 6th October 2016, 12:44 PM
HPsauce HPsauce is offline
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Default Using mobile phones while controlling or operating a vehicle.

Walking down my road (it's a slight hill) this morning I observed a bicycle being ridden up towards me, rather unsteadily, wandering all over the place as if the rider was drunk.
Yes the rider (a young man in Lycra) was busy operating his mobile phone, blissfully unaware of his random progress or indeed anything much around him. He certainly didn't see me.

I was very tempted to step out in front of him to cross the road, bring him to an abrupt stop and ask him what he thought of car drivers using mobile phones.....

And yes, a bicycle is a vehicle. At least according the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic which the UK observes.

Is there any legislation relevant to this situation?
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