Officers from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command have seized a high-performance car following a series of road violations committed by its driver, including driving while on a mobile phone, on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 November.
Police were on patrol in central Hendon as part of the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) national week of action focusing on the unlawful use of hand-held mobile devices whilst driving when they spotted the driver of a Lamborghini.
He was using his mobile phone while driving along Queens Road, NW4.
Officers stopped the 42-year-old driver of the German number-plated, right-hand drive vehicle who was unable to produce any proof of holding a full driving licence or any documentation in relation to the vehicle or its insurance. The driver said he did not hold a UK driving licence, but had a German licence back in Germany.
Officers seized the vehicle and the driver was reported for the offences of driving whilst using a mobile phone, driving not in accordance with a licence and driving with no insurance. He will either be summonsed or receive a fixed penalty notice and points on his licence in due course. This means that the driver could receive up to 12 points on his licence leading to a driver disqualification and a fine of up to £500.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett, Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "The Roads and Transport Policing Command is leading the Met's response to the NPCC's national week of action against those who use mobile phones whilst driving.
"Throughout the week of action, there will be up to 600 officers each day focussed on motorists who unlawfully use hand-held mobile devices whilst driving and who pose a very real danger to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians.
"I want to send a clear message to the motorists of London: driving whilst on a mobile phone is unacceptable. You are unaware of your surroundings, you are not in control of your vehicle and you are breaking the law.
"If you are caught driving whilst on a mobile phone, you could receive points on your licence, a substantial fine or a driver disqualification. If you cause a collision, you could be facing imprisonment.
"Through education and enforcement we must remind all road users of the importance of keeping themselves and others safe when on London's roads.
"I urge all motorists to refrain from driving whilst on a mobile phone."
Siwan Hayward, Transport for London's Head of Transport Policing, said: "The number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads continues to fall, however distraction remains one of the key sources of road danger.
"The rising trend of collisions involving mobile phones is deeply concerning to us. This is why we are working relentlessly with the Metropolitan Police Service and other partners to address it through enforcement and education to make our roads safer for everyone."