A Vietnamese man filmed using his legs to drive a long-haul bus on an expressway has been handed a VND7.5 million (US$323) fine and had his driving license revoked for three months.
Nguyen Duy Hieu, a driver for the Tuan Hiep passenger transit company, received the penalty from the high-level Department of Traffic Police under the Ministry of Public Security, rather than local law enforcement, his employer said on Wednesday.
The penalty is in line with a Vietnamese law for the offense of using a leg to control the steering wheel of a moving vehicle, which carries a maximum fine of VND8 million ($344).
The 37-year-old driver appeared in a viral Facebook video to be steering a coach with one of his legs along the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, a major route in southern Vietnam.
He was leaning back in the seat, with hands behind his head in an admittedly comfortable posture.
The video, apparently filmed and posted on Facebook on June 27, was followed by multiple comments of outrage at the man’s complete disregard for his passengers’ safety.
Hieu told his employer he was just trying to rest his leg, which had gone numb from sitting for so long.
The driver was later given a summary suspension from his company, headquarted in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.