Eamonn Holmes challenges cyclist who sparked Guy Ritchie driving ban ‘This your business?’

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Eamonn Holmes, 60, questioned the cyclist over his actions while on This Morning yesterday, after Guy was given a driving ban for six months. The movie producer was also handed six points on his license, which took the total to 15 and he was made to pay £166 in prosecution costs and court fees as reported by the Evening Standard.

He lost his licence because of all that

Eamonn Holmes

On the programme, the cyclist Mike van Erp, who recorded the incident happening on his phone, defended his reasoning behind handing over the footage to police.

Eamonn interjected and asked why it was his “business” to get involved in the situation.

He questioned: “He lost his licence because of all of that, so why is any of this your business?”

“It’s a fair point,” Mike replied. 

He continued: “My dad was killed by a drink-driver when I was 19 and studies suggest that drink-driving is roughly similar to phone driving in terms of the level of distraction.

“And secondly, as a cyclist, many cyclists wouldn’t realise just how much bad driving can be triggered by our presence on the road.

 “I’m not saying that everyone is a bad driver by no means, most people are very good, but for those people who are driving badly, cyclists are often the ones to experience it,” he added. 

The This Morning host noted: “So this is the point actually, by you doing what you do, but does this help get the message out to everyone else?”

“We are here to be safe on the roads, to share the roads, the roads are for people,” Mike explained.

“We all have a huge responsibility for other people.”

The incident happened back in November after Guy was spotted through his car window wearing Apple AirPods, as he texted on his phone while in traffic.

Mike recorded the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer and sent it to the Metropolitan Police titled: “Man typing on his mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of his car.”

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In his original statement at the time, Mike said: “I spotted this driver texting on his phone. I stopped and whilst waiting for traffic to clear could clearly see the driver typing on his phone.

“I then crossed to the driver’s side where I saw his iPhone lit up with the classic blue and grey message bubbles of Apple iMessage, with text, and a message in process of being typed but not sent.”

At the time Guy was in traffic going through Hyde Park and rolled down his window to address the cyclist.

He said to Mike: “Hello my friend.”

Mike responded disapprovingly: “I don’t think you should be using your text messages while you are driving. I saw you doing it back there as well.”

The star then pulls away as the traffic begins to move forward away from the cyclist.

Guy later confessed to police that he indeed was the driver of the vehicle at the time.

He pleaded guilty in writing to the offence and was banned from driving for six months by Bromley magistrates.

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