Van man goes handsfree on UK road as he audaciously sips mug of tea behind wheel

A van driver has been spotted driving on the motorway handsfree, while holding and drinking a cup of tea.

The bizarre sight was snapped on the M6 motorway in Cheshire, with police in an unmarked HGV pulling alongside. Footage of the mad incident shows the bloke looking not very bothered as a police officer pulls up alongside, only to see the guy take BOTH hands off the wheel while still driving.

The cuppa became one of the most expensive around, as the driver was given a £100 fine and three points on his licence. The clip was made public by National Highways as part of their new scheme stopping reckless driving on motorways.

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Police in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, the Liverpool Ports Police, West Yorkshire and Humberside will be using National Highways’ unmarked HGV cabs in a bid to reduce and prevent accidents.

Lisa Scott, National Highways' Regional Safety Programme Manager for the North West, said: “Hundreds of thousands of drivers use our roads every day and the vast majority are sensible behind the wheel. However, some drivers are putting themselves and others at risk through using mobile phones, driving without a seatbelt or even handling a boiling hot drink at the wheel.

“We are committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured while travelling on our roads by 50% by 2025 and we have a long-term ambition for zero harm. To achieve that we need to tackle the unsafe driving behaviour that we sadly still encounter.

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“Through this month of action we want to encourage motorists to think about their driving and to adopt safer behaviours. Those who continue to pose a risk should be aware that we are working with our police partners to make sure they are spotted and prevented from causing serious harm to themselves or others.”

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