After the video of a bus driver letting a monkey steer the vehicle went viral, he is now reportedly suspended from his job and being investigated. The video taken in Karnataka, India shows the driver of a bus letting a monkey behind the wheel. He's seen shifting gears and patting the monkey while also taking hold of the wheel from time to time.
The monkey is also seen enjoying the drive. He keeps his eyes on the road, occasionally even making a spin. The joyride lasted for two minutes but the repercussion for the driver, identified as Prakash, have been severe and rightly so.
The incident is said to have taken place on October 1 earlier this week. The authorities have said that Prakash has been fired and that they are investigating the matter. However, no one is said to have made a complaint against Prakash and there were no passengers harmed on the short trip. The bus belonged to Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation and was traveling from a stop in Davangere to a nearby bus stop named Bharamasagara.
KSRTC's Divisional Controller Davangere reportedly said that Prakash was removed from work because they believed he put the lives of his passengers in danger.
He said, "It appears a passenger on the bus has shot the video and it has come to our notice only today. We have removed the driver from duty because the safety of passengers and the quality of their journey is our first priority." He also added that they sprung into action after the video went viral.
KSRTC removes driver from duty for letting monkey take the wheel https://t.co/od1GpZBCAT via @TOIBengaluru pic.twitter.com/kG0ZO7WGVH— Times of India (@timesofindia) October 6, 2018
"We are looking into the incident because we are getting a lot of calls about this". Another official from the KSRTC also said that he will not be reassigned until the investigation is over. No other details of the probe were revealed.
"We have removed the driver from duty and have asked the divisional security inspector to conduct an inquiry. He won't be assigned any other duty till the probe is completed. He could even be suspended," a KSRTC official reportedly said. From the video, the bus does not appear to be going haywire or going at a high speed.
The monkey was an Indian Langur monkey and was reportedly not Prakash's pet. He also did not belong to the passengers on the bus. He reportedly jumped on the wheel and decided to stay. According to the experts, these monkeys are commonly found in the urban areas of India.