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Paying with iPhone at drive-thrus illegal in places with laws against phone use in the car

Added 07-05-22 03:31:02pm EST - “As new Highway Code rules were released last month, it is now illegal for drivers in the UK to touch their phone while driving. With this, it is now illegal for fast food customers to use Apple Pay while purchasing food in drive-thrus.…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Paying with iPhone at drive-thrus illegal in places with laws against phone use in the car”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As new Highway Code rules were released last month, it is now illegal for drivers in the UK to touch their phone while driving. With this, it is now illegal for fast food customers to use Apple Pay while purchasing food in drive-thrus. Now, a warning is out for customers of McDonald’s, KFC, Greggs, Costa, and Burger King.

For those unfamiliar with Apple Pay, it’s a way to pay using your iPhone, Mac, or Apple Watch. At retail stores and restaurants, you can use Apple Pay by simply tapping your iPhone or Apple Watch to the checkout terminal. Your information is stored in your Apple Wallet and works with debit cards, credit cards, rewards cards, and more.

UK drivers could receive a £200 fine and 6 points on their driver’s license for using their phone while driving; even at drive-thrus. An RAC spokesperson told BirminghamLive:

Every driver should always ensure they are parked and have their engine switched off before using a handheld phone – anything else could land them in trouble, even if they are in a car park, drive-thru or petrol forecourt.

Additionally, a Twitter user asked a police account to specify if using Apple Pay in a drive-thru was illegal. The account went on to clarify that if your engine is off and the handbrake is applied, it is alright; if not, it’s against the law.

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