Wednesday, 21 August 2013

"UK mulls ban on car key fobs which resemble mobile phones"

From the BBC:

UK officials are considering banning the sale of large car key fobs designed to resemble small mobile phones.

A government spokesman told the BBC that it was discussing the issue with the National Trading Standards Board and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. It follows a report by the Times suggesting some of the Chinese-made products were being advertised with prisoners in mind.

Prisoners in the UK are not allowed access to motor vehicles as they could be used in an escape attempt. Being in possession of car keys while in jail is a criminal offence.

The devices, in some cases marketed as the "world's largest car key fobs", are available from mainstream retail websites including eBay and Amazon.