A car passenger described his shock at recognizing a DVLA driver apparently using his cellular phone whereas doing 60mph on a dual carriageway.
Michael Hayes, 20, took photographs of the person sitting behind the wheel of the white HGV branded with the Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency’s badge.
He claimed that at one stage the driver even took one hand off the wheel to pick grime from underneath the nails of the opposite.
‘We couldn’t consider what we’d seen. It’s unhealthy sufficient when somebody makes use of their phone whereas driving – however the reality it’s occurred to a DVLA driver,’ Michael added.
A spokesman for the DVLA’s nationwide legislation enforcement companion mentioned ‘appropriate action’ had been taken following an investigation.
Support employee Michael, from Colne in Lancashire, mentioned the HGV was approaching the velocity restrict as they drove alongside the A182 close to Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, at round 11am on August 30.
‘We were on our way to Sunderland when we suddenly saw this DVLA driver holding his mobile phone up high to his [left] ear,’ he mentioned.
‘There was additionally a second the place we might see him choosing out the grime from underneath his nails – on his different hand.
‘Dad leaned forward so I could get the photos.’
The DVLA is an govt company of the Department of Transport.
It maintains a database of drivers and automobiles, points licences, collects car excise responsibility, and sells personalised registrations.
A spokesperson for NSL, the DVLA’s nationwide enforcement companion, mentioned it was ‘grateful to members of the public for highlighting anything that causes concern’.
They added that there had been ‘a thorough investigation’ and ‘appropriate action’ had been taken.