Bus Driver Fired For Playing PSP

A bus driver has been fired after “terrified passengers” reported him for playing Grand Theft Auto while at the wheel of his vehicle. Steve Allcock was reported after the passengers heard the screams of characters being butchered as he drove between stops.

Bosses fired him after on-board CCTV footage showed he had the handheld device on his knees. One passenger said: “He was playing on a Sony PlayStation PSP not only at bus stops but at traffic lights and sometimes while driving. The music and sound effects could be heard throughout the bus (and we always thought the PSP speaker where not that loud!). I find it hard to believe anyone in charge of a bus capable of carrying 50 people would be safe driving with a PSP on their knees.”

His boss at Blackburn Transport, Michael Morton, said: “The driver was interviewed and we feel we’ve taken appropriate disciplinary action. We take a very dim view of drivers using any sort of device that will distract them. Our ultimate concern is the safety of passengers.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: “It is horrifying. If something went wrong how would the driver react quickly?”