Police in England and Wales are said to be giving a two-month 'settling in period' before they prosecute motorists caught using hand-held mobile phones while driving. Police in Scotland, however, will enforce the letter of the law from day one, Monday 1st December. And, according to The Sunday Times, City staff at BNP Paribas have been warned about the consequences of getting caught on the phone in the car.
Yes, the bank which allegedly sent out a memo to staff, seemingly authored by 38 people, urging them to dress more smartly, is said to have forwarded out another cracker. According to the newspaper, this time on the subject of using hand-held mobile phones in the car.
A recent memo from Human Resources is said to have 'thundered': 'Apart from any criminal sanctions that may ensue, if handheld mobile phones are used while driving, individuals who breach the bank's guidelines in this regard may be subject to disciplinary proceedings'.
Staff be warned. A fine of up to £1,000 and perhaps even a black mark against your name at work!