A bus driver was recently filmed to be apparently dozing off at the wheel of his bus.
In the video, which was posted on 7 May (Monday), the driver’s neck could be seen moving haphazardly yet the bus was still in motion.
The passenger who was filming did nothing but record the driver. An act for which he was flamed for by Netizens.
Many felt that it was cruel to post a video like this and to risk the driver’s job when he was probably working overtime to feed his family and was probably exhausted.
Others felt that waking the driver up or holding a conversation with him to keep him awake would have been a more reasonable course of action rather then to film the incident and do nothing while there were serious safety risks.
However, shortly after the video went up, SBS released a statement on the driver explaining that the elderly man had neck problems but that it did not affect his driving in any way.
The spokesperson for SBS went on to say that the driver was very safe and cautious on the road and that he had been certified to be fit for driving by a doctor.
While the video seems to suggest that our bus captain was dozing off at the wheel, our findings based on the CCTV footage from the bus reveals that this was not the case.
Throughout the time he was on the road, the driver “kept to his lane, slowed down when approaching bus stops and also stopped safely behind other buses or vehicles,The driver also conducted a right turn safely during the trip.
All these would not have been possible had he been dozing off at the wheel … We assure our commuters that dozing off while driving is not something we take lightly and will not hesitate to take action against any bus captain found doing so.
The spokesperson also went on to say that the driver’s neck did bend more then usual due to his medical condition but that he was fit for driving.
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