Monday, October 15The Voice of London

Waze: The not-so-perfect app for dodgy drivers

Waze could the perfect sat nav for dodgy drivers who want to avoid police controls, but as always, there is a catch.

Reporter: Monica Sanchez    Sub-Editor: Gabby Espinet

I had been driving around London with no insurance for over two months, which some would say is a reckless, stupid thing to do –yes, it is. I was hardly surprised when the police asked me to pull over at the side of the road on my way to university. They told me they were carrying out insurance checks on every vehicle. They said “Oh, don’t worry, it’ll take as a minute, you won’t be late for uni”. Little did he know. What I wish I had known is that I could have easily avoided that control by having Waze on my phone.

Being an avid viewer of the reality show Police Interceptors, I already knew what was going to happen before they told me. The police would seize the car and I would get a fine and a visit to court.

After going to lectures that same day I had to get an Uber back home as I didn’t have my debit card on me to get the bus. Larry, my Uber driver who was listening to my miseries told me all about this Waze app. “You should definitely get it, every time I run out of insurance I use it, it’s so great, man.” He was surprised I didn’t know about Waze –which he kept calling Wazer for some reason.  The app tells you where the police controls are, even if they are hiding. Waze gives users the chance to report live any incident on the road, including police, but careful app users, there is a catch: Road users are the ones updating the app live so you could be the first one finding police controls, in which case, you know what’d happen to your car if they catch you without insurance and let’s face it: Is it even worth it?

But what does the police think about it? Voice of London spoke to the Metropolitan police and Police Scotland and they were not aware that such an app existed. Kent’s police press office were also oblivious to it, and no one want to make any comments on it.

Brake the road, the charity organisation showed huge signs of discontent when finding out about the app. They said “We will certainly look into how the app operates.”

Nobody –or no authority seems to know about Waze, so How is it possible that such a popular app (+100million downloads) has not been tracked down by the police already? Well that might be because there is not an obvious evidence. On the app’s website there is nothing about reporting police doing controls on the road, but there is sections on how to report absolutely anything else. Cheeky. This might be the secret most shared among the public in London.

Once you get into the app and sign up you then have the option to report this:




But of course, remember: You might not want to be the one finding them first.

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