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Bus driver sacked for reading while driving

Amateur video filmed by a passenger on the number 61 bus

A bus driver filmed reading a book while driving has been sacked.

The National Express West Midlands driver was filmed last week steering the number 61 bus in Birmingham with his elbows while holding a small book.

He was suspended a day after footage, filmed by a passenger, was put on video sharing website YouTube. The bus firm said that safety was a priority.

The decision to sack him was made after a disciplinary hearing on Friday, a spokesman said.

'Completely unacceptable'

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said at the time there was "no excuse" for reading any book or a map whilst driving.

In a statement after the incident, National Express West Midlands 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."

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