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.  



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.