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Updated - Video: Birmingham bus driver who read book at wheel gets the sack

Driver's career reaches end of the line for putting passenger safety at risk, but police won't investigate...

A bus driver in Birmingham filmed by a passenger reading a book at the wheel while using his elbows to steer the vehicle has been handed some new reading material in the shape of a P45 after being sacked by his employers, National Express West Midlands.

Last week, we reported that the driver had been so wrapped up in his book that he failed to notice that he was being filmed as he drove his vehicle along the city's busy Bristol Street, and the footage has attracted more than 100,000 views after being posted to the video-sharing website, YouTube.

The BBC reports that the driver’s employment has been terminated following a disciplinary hearing last Friday.

Following the incident, a spokesman from the bus company said: "Immediate action was taken to suspend the driver who will now face disciplinary action.

"It is not appropriate to predict the outcome but an incident of this type is likely to lead to a dismissal.

"Passenger safety is always our priority and it is completely unacceptable for any driver to behave in this manner."


We have asked West Midlands Police whether they were conducting an investigation against the driver, and have been told that they do not plan to take any action.  



Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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