JR East said Friday that a train driver was seen using his cell phone while driving a train, which is against regulations.
The 53-year-old driver was seen using his cell phone while driving a four-car passenger train on the Sagami Line between Sagasaki and Hashimoto at around 2 p.m. on Thursday, according to TV Asahi.
JR said a male passenger saw the driver using his cell phone and then admonished him while the train was stopped at a station. The driver reported his actions to his boss after his shift ended, TV Asahi reported.
JR says that it is against company rules for a train driver to take his own cell phone to work with him, and that all JR train drivers will be reminded of the rules and monitored carefully to prevent a repeat of the incident. A JR spokesperson said the man is to be disciplined for breaching JR safety guidelines.
The Kanto District Transport Bureau urged JR to take the necessary steps to ensure drivers adhere to the rules, saying, “This kind of behavior is a serious safety lapse and is deeply regrettable,” according o TV Asahi.