Lorry driver smokes and texts while swerving lanes

The TNT Express delivery driver is clearly pictured looking at his phone through a cloud of smoke. Picture: contributed
The TNT Express delivery driver is clearly pictured looking at his phone through a cloud of smoke. Picture: contributed
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A DELIVERY driver is facing disciplinary action after he was snapped smoking a cigarette and texting at the same time while behind the wheel.

A shocked motorist spotted the TNT truck driver swerving between lanes as he negotiated the busy City Bypass on Monday afternoon.

The driver weaves across traffic on the bypass. Picture: contributed

The driver weaves across traffic on the bypass. Picture: contributed

The driver was apparently sucking on a cigarette and typing on his mobile phone as he drove along the busy A720 dual carriageway.

The motorist who captured the man on camera said: “I was heading towards Sheriffhall from the Musselburgh roundabout and I saw him talking on his mobile there.

“After joining the bypass he lit a cigarette and was texting or looking at his phone while leaning on the steering wheel.

“He was also drifting across to the fast lane at one point.

“I was driving at the time so my passenger took the photo after I saw him in my mirror.”

The delivery driver could now be facing punishment after the incident was reported to his employers at TNT Express.

TNT is looking into the incident.

A spokesman for the delivery company said: “Many thanks for bringing this to our attention. “TNT Express takes road safety very seriously and will investigate this incident further.”

A string of distracted drivers have hit the headlines in recent months for falling foul of the rules of the road.

A fortnight ago, a driver was snapped reading at the wheel while speeding along a dual carriageway during the rush hour. The motorist could clearly be seen holding a book in his left hand while steering the red Citroen C4 Picasso with his right.

In January, the News reported that city safety leader Cammy Day had been fined for driving on a busy Capital road while using his mobile phone.

Councillor Day, a Labour candidate for next year’s Westminster general election, was caught by police handling his phone while driving through the Cowgate.

And last year, a video emerged of a reckless driver careering through the city eating a bowl of cornflakes. A cyclist’s helmet cam filmed the motorist casually using one hand to control the vehicle as he overtook traffic and munched his breakfast.

A man was later charged with an offence.

Drivers who flout the law on driving with mobile phones – or other similar devices – risk being hit with three penalty points and a £100 fine.

The same rules apply if stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

• Snapped an episode of dangerous driving on the roads? E-mail your picture to newsen@edinburghnews.com or call 0131-620 8733.

Counting money at wheel

CITYLINK is to carry out an investigation after a bus driver appeared to be caught on camera counting cash at the wheel as he sped along the M8 at 60mph.

The bus was carrying dozens of passengers after it left St Andrew Square in Edinburgh on its way to Glasgow.

Worried passengers asked the driver to stop counting the cash, saying that he “was putting lives at risk” by his actions.