Grantham driver suspended for reading paper at wheel

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Two Grantham residents filmed a bus driver reading a newspaper while driving through the town.

Kelly and Danny Wright of Signal Road, Grantham, were shocked by what they saw, so decided to film the event on a mobile phone. The video shows the driver still reading the newspaper as he pulled away.

Kelly Wright said: “I was disgusted. He had passengers on the bus and some of them were kids. It has to be classed as dangerous driving. At the beginning he was sitting in traffic and we thought we would give him the benefit of the doubt, but then he actually turned the page as he pulled off.”

The Wrights attempted to contact operator of the bus, Centrebus, though they did not receive a response. Operations manager of Centrebus, Alan Humphreys, told the Grantham Journal the driver was disciplined by the company and he had been handed a fortnight suspension.

Humphreys said: “It was dealt with as a disciplinary matter. I don’t appreciate what he has done, it shouldn’t have been happening. He shouldn’t have been doing what he was doing at the steering wheel. Hopefully it will never happen again. He was in traffic but that doesn’t give him the right to get the newspaper out and start looking at it.”

Lincolnshire police service has also been provided with video footage of the incident. The matter is to be investigated and handled by the road policing unit.