Bus driver snapped driving with his feet up on the dashboard

They see me rollin’


A nonchalant bus driver has been caught putting his feet up on the dash – while driving through Didsbury. 

A shocked student passenger took a photo of the lazy chauffeur just before her stop on the X41 to Altrincham.

The packed double-decker route was cruising along Palantine Road during rush hour on Monday.

The wheels on the bus go lounge, lounge, lounge

Now, Stagecoach are investigating the blasé bus driver for his careless conduct.

The frightening photo, captured by passenger Elizabeth Bell, was taken on her on her mobile phone while the double-decker bus was travelling through Didsbury.

The driver’s left leg can be seen resting on the dashboard next to the steering wheel and payment machine, stretched right out the windscreen.

Elizabeth, a 23-year-old student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, said that the bus was moving at the time and had just passed the busy junction of Palatine Road and Barlow Moor Road.

Magic bus drivers across Manchester are known for expressing their lack of enthusiasm towards their job, reflected through their lack of empathy towards students.

Stagecoach has since claimed that an internal investigation is under way.

The busy junction between Barlow Moor Road and Palatine Road, near where the picture was taken.

The busy junction between Barlow Moor Road and Palatine Road, near where the picture was taken.

Elizabeth, who lives in Didsbury, said the rush-hour bus was packed with passengers and described the driver’s actions as dangerous.

She told the M.E.N: “I think that it is absolutely disgraceful and dangerous. I have contacted Stagecoach to let them know how I feel. I did think that the bus ride was a bit more jerky than normal.”

The bus involved was the X41 Stagecoach service from Piccadilly to Altrincham and Elizabeth caught the bus after work on Monday around 4.35pm from Piccadilly Gardens.

The X41 is a popular student and commuter route

The X41 is a popular student and commuter route

She said: “I was sat on the lower level on the left-hand side, fairly near to the front. It was when I got up to get off.”

“I saw that he had his leg up on the dashboard and I managed to take a quick picture. I do not know how long he had his leg up for. He did continue to drive with his leg up.

“He was coming up to a stop just after the crossroads of Barlow Moor Road and Palatine Road. I did not say anything to him. I just took a quick picture and got off.”

Stagecoach have said they will be looking into the allegation after news of Elizabeth’s snap.

The bus company issued a statement saying that drives should “display professionalism at all times while driving” and confirmed bosses would investigate whether the bus was moving at the time.

Stagecoach have since launched an internal investigation

Stagecoach have since launched an internal investigation

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach said: “Our drivers are fully aware of the high standards we expect from them and should display professionalism at all times while driving.”

“We are looking into this allegation, including determining whether the vehicle was stationary or moving at the time the photo was taken, and we will deal with this matter through our internal disciplinary procedure.”