Minister Tom Tugendhat banned from driving for six months for using mobile phone at wheel

SECURITY minister Tom Tugendhat was banned from driving for six months yesterday for using his mobile phone at the wheel.The Tory, who stood for the..

SECURITY minister Tom Tugendhat was banned from driving for six months yesterday for using his mobile phone at the wheel.

The Tory, who stood for the party leadership after Boris Johnson stepped down, apologised for breaking the law in his Skoda Kodiaq.



Minister Tom Tugendhat banned from driving for six months for using mobile phone at wheel
Tom Tugendhat was banned from driving for six months for using his mobile phone at the wheel

The Tonbridge and Malling MP, 49, told police he was using maps on his phone to navigate while driving in Wandsworth, South London.

Tugendhat, also fined £1,000 with £210 costs, pleaded guilty but insisted: “I was holding my phone — not using it.”

In his statement to Westminster JPs, he said: “After the incident I took a course to refresh and correct my driving.”

He already had six points on his licence.

District Judge Jack McGarva chided the minister: “I would expect you to set an example.

“It is a serious offence, using a mobile phone in any way.

“It impairs people’s ability to drive safely.”


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