Dwain McDonald boasts of taking photo of DPD van while on M62 between Manchester and Leeds
Robert BoothThu 8 Feb 2018 18.05 GMT
The chief executive of courier giant DPD has admitted breaking the law by taking photographs on his mobile phone while driving on a motorway. Dwain McDonald, who oversees a network of 5,000 professional drivers who deliver for John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Amazon, boasted about how he used his phone to take a picture of a DPD van while driving on the M62 between Manchester and Leeds.
McDonald admitted to the crime while giving a slide presentation, which was captured on video and posted to YouTube in 2016. Thirty-two people were killed in the UK in 2016 as a result of drivers using mobile phones and it caused 105 further serious accidents, according to the latest official crash statistics.
“I am taking a photograph while I am driving and you shouldn’t really do this,” he said, before describing how he saw a courier van ahead of him that didn’t have the correct logo on its door. “I pulled level with him and I can see the driver. He’s thinking, ‘Who’s this weirdo in a black car?’ I pull back, so I get my phone out. Illegal, I’m sorry, I know, but boof, takes that picture.”
He said he wanted to show his managers who he was on his way to meet that he was unhappy at the lack of attention to detail the van driver was showing.