THE vigilante cyclist who caught Guy Ritchie using his phone while behind the wheel has boasted that he caught 358 drivers in a year.
Mike van Erp, 48, has reportedly being responsible for 574 penalty points and £35,400 in fines while riding around London with a GoPro camera to report drivers using their phones
Ritchie has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught texting while at the wheel.
The star director, 51, was filmed using his phone while driving his Range Rover through Hyde Park in London on November 3 by cyclist Mike van Erp.
Mr van Erp said he often spots drivers in traffic jams or by red lights before confronting them on video and noting down their number plate and passing it on to the police.
“I am empathetic to him and other disqualified drivers. I have to look at myself to judge if I am doing the right thing,” he told the MailOnline.
“London is probably the camera cyclist capital of the world. Last year I think I caught 358 drivers and two cyclists, it only takes a few minutes to submit a video.
“You just fill out a form online and send it in. You do occasionally have to go to court, I have had to do it maybe five to ten times.”
Mr Erp , a carer and full-time roller-skating instructor from west London, posts videos of all his conquests on his 'CyclingMikey' YouTube channel.
He said he is motivated by the death of his dad by a drunk driver when he was 19 and realised the potential of having a helmet camera in 2006.
“I definitely think what I am doing is keeping the roads safe. The points system is designed to get people to drive better. I have had quite a lot of anonymous death threats through what I do.
“But I am just one of many camera cyclists. I think there are thousands of them in London. Some of them are even more active than me.”
Mr van Erp sent the video featuring Ritchie to the Met Police, writing in a statement: "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."
In the video, Ritchie can be seen waiting in traffic through the park before Mr van Erp approaches him.
Ritchie winds down his window and says "hello my friend", to which the cyclist replies: "I don't think you should be using your text messages while you are driving. I saw you doing it back there as well."
Ritchie drives away as the queue moves forward before the cyclist tries to speak to him again.
Mr van Erp said he did not know the driver was Ritchie.
"Drivers should not be doing this and people like me serve as a deterrent," he said.
The Snatch director admitted to cops that he was the driver who was filmed.
Court papers showed that Ritchie had committed three previous speeding offences in March 2017, February 2019 and December 2019, the Evening Standard reported.
Ritchie pleaded guilty to using his phone while driving and was banned from driving for six months by Bromley magistrates on Tuesday.
He gave his address in court as the Georgian townhouse in London that he bought in 2010 for £6million.
The case was dealt with behind closed doors, without a full court hearing, with just a court official and a magistrate officiating.
Ritchie's lawyers wrote to the court to say he was not contesting a ban from driving.
He was given a further six points on his licence and was ordered to pay a £666 fine as well as £166 in costs and fees.
Ritchie was married to Madonna from 2000 until 2008. He is currently married to model Jacqui Ainsley.
The Sun Online has contacted Ritchie's management for comment.
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