The road safety organisation RoSPA has criticised newly-elected Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Ruba Sivagnanam (Labour St Augustines) for filming an internet party-political broadcast whilst driving a car.
Cllr Sivagnanam – who also uses the name “Sivaruby ” – is seen in the video at the wheel of a moving car – not wearing a seat-belt and repeatedly taking her eyes off the road and looking into the camera lens to trot-out a series of recycled left-wing cliches.
RoSPA – the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – told Media Wales / Wales on Line (which has published the video) it was “very disappointed that a poor example of both distraction, and driving without a seatbelt, has been set”.
Cllr Sivagnanam – who is employed by Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty as a “senior case worker” – was elected to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth for the first time in the May 4th local council elections.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said drivers should concentrate on the road. Michelle Harrington, RoSPA road safety manager for Wales, told Media Wales “All drivers need to be aware that the law requires them to be in proper control of their vehicle, or careless or dangerous driving laws can be applied. Any secondary activity puts extra demands on the driver, which may reduce their driving standard. It may cause the driver to become less observant or to make worse decisions about how to control the vehicle safely. This lower standard of driving means that a driver is more likely to fail to anticipate hazards, and is at greater risk of being involved in, or indeed causing a collision.”
In the video – which was filmed after May 4th 2017 – Cllr Sivagnanam appears as an elected Vale of Glamorgan councillor and, as such, would have been subject to the council’s Code of Conduct which has to be observed by all members . The Welsh Labour Party has yet to make any comment on the matter .
The video can be viewed on http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/politician-criticised-filming-party-political-13180708