‘Safety’ firm driver caught on phone behind wheel

The picture of the van driver was snapped near Gogar roundabout. Picture: Edinburgh's Worst Drivers
The picture of the van driver was snapped near Gogar roundabout. Picture: Edinburgh's Worst Drivers
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A VAN driver has been caught chatting on his mobile phone next to a sign boasting that his firm is “committed to keeping Scotland safe”.

The incriminating image was captured on Monday at Gogar roundabout – one of the busiest junctions in the city.

The driver with security firm CSS is pictured with his left hand poised on top of the steering wheel while holding a mobile with his right hand.

The large sign on the van states: “CSS – Committed to keeping Scotland safe.”

The picture came to light after being posted online by campaigning website Edinburgh’s Worst Drivers which aims to improve safety on the Capital’s roads.

The passenger that snapped the picture from a passing vehicle declined to be identified but said: “The traffic was stop-start and rolling at walking pace. I wondered why he kept leaving a big gap in the queue, and now I know it was because he wasn’t paying attention.”

James McLoughlin, a spokesman for road safety charity Brake, stressed the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone.

He said: “Using a mobile phone at the wheel is a serious offence that dramatically increases your risk of crashing and killing or seriously injuring someone. The impact of using a phone on reaction times, hand-held and hands-free, is on a par with drink driving.

“We’re appealing to drivers to put their mobile phone on silent and out of reach, because no call or text is worth a life.

“We also call for traffic policing to be made a national priority, so police have the resources to catch and penalise risky multi-tasking drivers, as well as much higher fines to deter phone use by drivers.”

In Scotland, you may pay a £100 fine and take three penalty points on your licence without going to court if you are caught.

A spokesman for Connelly Security Systems said: “We cannot comment on the incident because we may take disciplinary action.”

Police Scotland have been made aware of the incident.