A Singapore bus driver has been fired after he was caught on video trimming his nails while driving along an expressway.
The 29-second video, posted on the Facebook page “SG Share” on July 26, showed the driver resting his left hand on the steering wheel while trimming the nails with a clipper held in his right hand.
He then briefly lifts his left hand from the steering wheel to examine the trimmed fingernails.
The page administrators wrote that the footage was captured a day earlier on a bus travelling from Changi Airport to Singapore’s northern suburbs. It is not clear how fast the man was driving at the time. The speed limit on expressways is 90km/h.
“We have investigated the incident and have taken appropriate disciplinary action against the bus captain. He was dismissed immediately,” a spokesman for state-linked transport operator SMRT said.
“We would like to stress that passenger safety is our priority, and our bus captains are constantly reminded and encouraged to observe safe driving habits while on the roads,” he said. He declined to identify the driver.
Last year 171 bus drivers from SMRT went on strike over grievances about their work and living conditions. Five served jail time for their role in organising the sit-in, which was declared illegal.
In January, SMRT fired a bus driver after he was caught on camera watching an animated film on his iPad while driving. – Sapa-AFP