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Eyes on the road, please.

Multi-tasking is generally considered a skill, but it’s not so desirable when applied to bus drivers.

According to, a driver in Dalian was suspended this month after footage online showed him reading a book and cleaning his shoes while he was at the wheel. The remarkable video was shot by passengers on a route covers 13 stops in the northeastern city. It shows the bus swaying as the driver bends down to wipe his shoes with a cloth. Then he puts his book on the steering wheel to read while the bus is in motion.

The Dalian bus company was alerted to the video and it fined the driver Rmb200 ($31.81), also suspending him from duty. It said the incident would be “severely criticised” at staff meetings to discourage others from similar behaviour.

The online reaction has been mixed. One noted: “It’s good for the driver to read, but it’s the wrong place to do so.” Another netizen warned: “A job can be really boring, but you cannot give up just because it is boring. After all, there are countless happy families behind you in the bus.”

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