Truck driver pulled over for Skyping on busy UK motorway

A 35 year old man was stopped and fined for having a Skype conversation on a busy UK road.

Tamlin Magee
Published Thu, May 29 2014 12:33 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A truck driver was caught in the middle of a Skype conversation while on one of the UK's busiest motorways.

The driver was reported by a member of the public, who was subsequently stopped by police near Heathrow airport. A 35 year old man, whose vehicle had French number plates, was given a £500 fine.

Truck driver pulled over for Skyping on busy UK motorway |

The police officer who stopped the driver could do nothing but send him on his way - to appear in court at a later date.

"We have no power to seize the vehicle and the roadside deposit negated the need to arrest the driver," said officer Dan Pascoe. "Once he had paid the fine he was allowed on his way. He was also reported for summons to appear in court at a later date and if he does not appear then he will not get his deposit back."


Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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