A COUNCILLOR in charge of community safety is facing criticim after he tweeted a picture taken in a car.
Cammy Day – who was fined £100 for using his mobile while driving last year – took the sunrise over Edinburgh image while apparently behind the wheel in Princes Street.
The Labour politician insists he was parked at the time and did not break the law.
But Councillor Day’s critics claim there is no car parking in Princes Street.
Cllr Day tweeted the image on Tuesday morning, with the words: “Cold n sunny start in Edinburgh.”
The post was spotted by website Edinburgh’s Worst Drivers, which specialises in naming and shaming miscreants.
They claimed: “You can clearly see Cllr Day is waiting at the Waverley Bridge junction traffic lights, however we await a response from him.”
Councillor Andrew Burns, the leader of the council and head of the city’s Labour group, then entered the row, telling Edinburgh’s Worst Drivers: “I’ve now had a chance to raise this issue with Cllr Day, and he assures me the car he was in was parked at the time that photograph was taken.”
The website countered by claiming that there is nowhere to park on the famous thoroughfare.
Cllr Day, who is also Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in the Edinburgh West constituency, was given three points on his licence and fined £100 at Edinburgh Justice of the Peace Court in October. Police spotted Cllr Day using his phone at the wheel and the case was escalated to Justice of the Peace Court after he initially failed to pay the fine on time.
When the case was revealed, he said: “I made a genuine mistake and a slip-up in my standards and accept the punishment from the Justice of the Peace.”
The government’s official advice on using a phone when driving says: “It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.”