Bus driver sacked after using a ‘hand-held device’ while passengers were on board

September 20, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A bus driver has been sacked after being filmed using a hand-held device while he was on the move with passengers on board.

Cyclist Dave Sherry, who was fitted with a head cam, recorded the reckless moment in Harlow, Essex last week.

Dave – himself a bus driver – was so angry he posted the footage online.

A bus driver is caught using a 'hand-held device'

A bus driver is caught on camera using a ‘hand-held device’

It shows the driver, who was wearing an earpiece, taking his eyes off the road and looking down what appears to be a handset.

The bus company claims the device was a portable ticket machine – but have still sacked the driver.

Dave, a father-of-five from London, said: “I am appalled by this complete disregard for the safety of everyone on the road and feel people need to be made aware of it.

“This guy should be getting prosecuted now. He is one of many who continue to neglect road safety.”

Bus operators Roadrunner Coaches said: “The driver has since been dismissed because he shouldn’t have been looking at something when he was driving.

Dave Sherry said he captured the footage of the bus in motion on a helmet-mounted camera last week in Harlow

Dave Sherry said he captured the footage of the bus in motion on a helmet-mounted camera last week in Harlow

“He was looking at a hand held module that produces the tickets but he still shouldn’t have been doing that while the bus was moving.

“He obviously took it out because it was broken or something but he should have waited until he had stopped.”

Essex Police said they are investigating the incident and had not yet decided on the question of prosecution.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of this footage and it is being looked at to establish whether any offence has been committed.

“The force is committed to reducing road casualties and in all cases, if the evidence exists to support prosecutions for motoring offences, action will be taken.”

The driver was spotted on the R1 bus route, which operates between Harlow bus station and Sumners and St Katherine’s areas of the town.

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