Sunday 18 August 2019

Bus driver sacked for playing Pokemon Go on the road

Photo: Depositphotos.com

Photo: Depositphotos.com

A bus driver has been sacked after passengers filmed him playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel.

Images of the driver playing the mobile phone-based game went viral after they were shared on social media on Monday. The bus was a rail replacement service between Leiden and Alphen aan den Rijn, where the town’s train station is closed.

A spokesman for bus operator Ringelberg Tours confirmed that the driver had been dismissed. ‘The work situation had become difficult,’ he told local news network Omroep West. ‘It wouldn’t be ideal if future passengers saw him at the wheel. We are working on a plan for his future, but it won’t be with us.’

Earlier national rail operator NS, which hired Ringelberg Tours to run the replacement buses, had urged the company to take ‘appropriate measures’ in response to the video.

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