By Chris Adams
A Deliveroo driver caught appearing to watch the news behind the wheel of his motorbike told his confronter ‘I don’t give a s**t’.
The takeaway worker was snared when a passing cyclist spotted him ‘glued’ to a mobile phone fixed between the handlebars of his bicycle.
But the cocky rider laughed off the cyclist’s complaint before launching into his foul-mouthed rebuttal when challenged at traffic lights.
Deliveroo said it was investigating the driver’s behaviour following the incident on Denbigh Street in central London on June 24.
The cyclist, who filmed the episode using a helmet camera, said: “These are supposed to be professional drivers but this guy clearly didn’t give a damn.
“If he is prepared to take that sort of risk to watch the news on his phone then I think that calls into question his right to be on the road.
“It’s totally unsafe. He was quite open about it, not ashamed at all. How can he be concentrating on the road when he’s blatantly spending half the time looking at that screen.
“He had it mounted between the handlebars on a proper hands-free kit, but there’s no excuse to have any sort of video on the go when he’s supposed to be driving.
“I noticed when I was approaching the lights that he had his head down glued to the screen.
“He had the Deliveroo bag strapped down to the back of his bike so I’m guessing he was on his way to deliver something.
“If that was my company he was representing when he behaved and spoke to someone like that then I wouldn’t be very impressed.
“You can see towards the end of the video he picks the phone up and I think he turns the video off. It looked like he’d been watching some Arabic news channel.
“My fear is that if he’s watching videos while driving through central London, while he’s working, then what other sort of risks is he taking on the road?”
A Deliveroo spokesman said: “We take road safety extremely seriously. We are grateful that this video has been brought to our attention.
“We are seeking to identify the individual so that we can take immediate and appropriate action.”