Amir Khan has been blasted by road safety charities after he was caught on camera appearing to use a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel.

The boxer, who was filmed by his wife Faryal Makhdoom earlier today in a clip she posted to Snapchat, has been accused of having a ‘blatant disregard for the law.’

The video, which was later deleted, was captioned ‘Lmfaooooo’ as the pair drive along in the vehicle, and at one point he takes both his hands off the wheel.

Khan, 31, is seen holding the device in his left hand and chatting into the speaker phone as he wife watches on.

It was one a series of clips uploaded to the social media app by Ms Makhdoom.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said: ‘It is disappointing to see such blatant disregard for the law by one of our nation’s boxing stars, who quite frankly should know better.

‘Mobile phone use behind the wheel, in any form, is illegal and dangerous.

‘Anything that distracts a drivers attention from the road, even for a split second, can lead to devastation.

‘This kind of dangerous behaviour is all too prevalent and a crackdown is required to rid our roads of the menace of illegal phone use.’

The law states that using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal.

From March 1 2017, using a mobile phone at the wheel carries a penalty of six points and a £200 fine.

Drivers are allowed to use a phone if it is fully hands-free – it is not legal to pick it up and operate it even momentarily.

If the police feel it is an extreme example, a driver can be taken to court, where the maximum fine is £2,000.

Anyone involved in an accident caused by using a handheld device, causing death by dangerous or careless driving, face 14 years in prison.

A spokesman for Mr Khan has been approached for comment on the video.

Khan had a controversial appearance on I’m A Celebrity last year, when he made a number of gaffes, including asking whether the UK has ever had a female Prime Minister.

Despite Theresa May being in power, the boxing star left fans reeling when he asked the ‘idiotic’ question.

Viewers also accused him of ‘casual sexism’ after he called Georgia Toffolo a ‘small little girl’ while assessing her Kung Fu technique.

Last August, Amir was forced to apologise to boxer Anthony Joshua for falsely accusing him of cheating with his wife after he was threatened with legal action.

The heavyweight boxer got his advisers involved after a series of sensational tweets in which Khan shared supposed messages between Joshua and his wife online.

Ms Makhdoom broke her silence on the public spat to reveal the Snapchat messages were fake, adding that she had never met Joshua.

After several social media digs between the pair, however, Amir and Faryal finally apologised over their very public falling out.

Greater Manchester Police, said they would need more details than the video offers in order to determine whether they would investigate it as a crime that occurred in the county.

But after fines of £200 were introduced for motorists who use phones while driving in March last year, the force said in a statement that using handsets behind the wheel puts lives at risk.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt said: ‘Unfortunately a small number of drivers continue to put lives at risk by using a mobile phone while driving.

‘Their blatant disregard for the safety of fellow road users and pedestrians needs to be addressed.

‘As mobile phones are now a part of everyday life and used for a number of purposes, including social media, we urge new drivers to pay particular attention.

‘Not only are younger drivers statistically more likely to be involved in car collision, if caught using a mobile while driving they could have their licence revoked for their first offence.’