Incredible moment a bus driver ‘sends texts, makes phone calls and WRITES POETRY on a notepad’ while behind the wheel of packed public coach
- New Zealand driver caught using mobile phone and a notepad while driving bus
- A passenger filmed the driver during a commute from Auckland to New Lynn
- Driver scribbled on a notepad with one hand and held the phone with the other
- Auckland Transport representative said it asked NZ Bus to investigate incident
Alarming footage has captured a driver using his mobile phone and writing on a notepad while behind the wheel of a busy bus.
Concerned passenger Abbie Laidlaw filmed the driver during her commute from Auckland to New Lynn in New Zealand on Monday afternoon.
In the video, the bus driver was seen holding a notepad and pen in one hand and his phone in the other.
Alarming footage has captured a driver using his mobile phone and writing on his notepad while behind the steering wheel of a busy bus
‘They have people’s lives in their hands, it’s not something to take lightly,’ Ms Laidlaw told NZ Herald.
The driver used his left forearm to control the steering wheel as his hands rested in the centre and he scribbled on the notepad.
‘As we were leaving [the bus stop] he answered his phone, then put his phone down. Then five minutes later he answered it again and started taking notes of whatever they were saying [on the line],’ Ms Laidlaw said.
The frustrated commuter went on to say another concerned passenger approached the driver as they were getting off the bus.
Though once the doors to the bus were closed and the vehicle was off again, the driver only ‘mumbled’ in response.
Ms Laidlaw slammed the driver for not only breaking the law, but also placing the lives of passengers at risk.
‘Why did my bus take 1 hour 20 to get from Town to New Lynn when is usually takes 40 minutes?,’ she asked on social media.
‘Maybe because the bus driver decided that he’d rather talk on his phone and write some poetry instead of drive.’
Ms Laidlaw has since taken her complaint to Auckland Transport, which said it was chasing up the matter.
‘Quite simply this behaviour is totally unacceptable and in breach of the road rules,’ an organisation spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
Concerned passenger Abbie Laidlaw (pictured) filmed the driver during her commute from Auckland to New Lynn in New Zealand on Monday afternoon
In the video, the bus driver was seen holding a notepad and pen in one hand and his phone in the other
‘The operator of this service is NZ Bus. We have asked NZ Bus for an urgent investigation into the incident.’
Users on social media have joined rank with Ms Laidlaw to level criticism at the behaviour – an all too common sight for some.
‘I’ve seen bus drivers on the phone all the time, eating, rummaging through bags ect. I’ve even seen one bus driver actually just casually scrolling though FB,’ one user said.
‘It’s actually crazy that they and AT (Auckland Transport) think it’s okay. Not only is it unprofessional (imagine if a lawyer just starting talking on the phone in the middle of a court case or a bank telling scrolling Facebook while processing your money) but it’s also lots of other peoples lives your putting in danger just for something so small.’
Daily Mail Australia reached out to NZ Bus for comment.
The driver uses his left forearm to control the steering wheel as his hands rest in the centre and he scribbles on the notepad