A horrified chef claims his Uber driver was playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel and even swiped the screen to catch monsters during the journey through London.
Paul Mohammad said he was travelling from Haringey to Bounds Green in north London when he noticed the male driver had the popular gaming app open on his mobile phone.
He took a picture from the back seat of the car which allegedly shows the device – fixed to a hands-free station – with the Pokémon version of a street map on display.
Horrified chef Paul Mohammad, 22, claims his Uber driver was playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel and even swiped the screen to catch monsters during the journey through London
Although the shot doesn’t show the driver touching the phone, Mr Mohammad said there were times during the 20 minute journey where the driver did use one hand to play with the screen.
Mr Mohammad, 22, said: ‘I was surprised to say the least. Obviously it’s very popular at the moment but I didn’t expect a driver to be playing it while he’s on the road.
‘I was travelling to my girlfriend’s house, probably only 20 minutes away, but it was on the screen the whole time.
Mr Mohammad said he was travelling from Haringey to Bounds Green in north London when he noticed the male driver had the popular gaming app open on his mobile phone
‘He was actually collecting Pokémon on the road as he was driving. I don’t play it but I knew what he was doing.
‘I didn’t mention it to him but I couldn’t believe it so I thought I would take a video to show my friends.
‘You could even hear the background music coming from the phone. He was swiping the screen and definitely playing it.
‘I was amazed that even an Uber driver was playing it. Because of the traffic, he wasn’t able to concentrate on it that much.
‘But there were times when he was touching it to catch Pokémon.
‘At first I thought it was a bit crazy but in the end I actually found it pretty funny. I’m quite relaxed about it.
‘I showed my friends and they were like: ‘What the f***, you need to call the police’.’
Uber said it had not received any formal feedback following the journey, which took place at around 6pm last Wednesday.
A spokesman said: ‘We take any allegation of distracted driving very seriously.
‘We would encourage the rider on this trip to get in touch with us so we can identify the journey, investigate what happened and take any follow up action necessary with the licensed driver.’
Source: Daily Mail