Footage of “irresponsible” people lying on tracks just metres away from an oncoming tram has prompted fears it could lead to a serious accident.
A driver captured the incident unfold on his dash cam on Tuesday night (October 23).
The video appears to show at least three people on the tracks as a tram approached the Holy Trinity stop, in Clifton, at around 6.45pm.
The man who took the footage, Ian Arnold, 48, of Cliton said: “I was just driving home and stopped at the lights when I saw it happen. They got up and caught the tram.
“I’ve seen people messing about near the tram before but never lying down on it. They were obviously doing it for a dare.
“It was shocking to see. I looked over and realised what they were doing. I got home and looked at the dashcam footage from my car.
“There was a tram coming round that you can see on the video.”
The ages of the people involved are unknown.
Residents and councillors blasted the incident as a prank.
Robert Levers, 67, a retired delivery driver, said: “This is the latest craze, I believe: lay down in front of a tram seems to be to me anyway. I think it’s just a prank, a temporary prank.
“It’s just a reflection of the civilisation and society we live in nowadays.”
Mr Levers, of the Clifton estate, said the incident happened on a slow section of the track.
Councillors, meanwhile, feared such behaviour could spread and needed to be “nipped in the bud” immediately.
Councillor Roger Steel, Conservative councillor for Clifton North, said: “It’s a stupid, irresponsible prank and they need to stop.
“This sort of irresponsible behaviour has a possibility of spreading. It needs nipping in the bud now.”
Councillor Steel said the incident could have led to a “serious accident”.
“If someone leaves it to the last minute and then trips, falls over onto the track and the tram does not have a stopping distance, there could be a really serious accident,” he said.
A spokesman for Nottingham Express Transit (NET), which runs the tram network, said those involved put their lives on the line.
He added: “We occasionally receive reports of this kind of immature and irresponsible behaviour that can obviously be dangerous.
“All our drivers are fully trained in defensive driving techniques.
“But this behaviour represents an avoidable hazard that we could do without.”
It comes less than a week after the tram operator released footage showing a number of near misses and crashes on the tram network in a bid to improve safety on roads.
Tuesday’s footage was posted in a Facebook group and met with more than 60 comments.
One woman wrote: “What makes me laugh is it’s right across the road from the police station where they were doing it.”
A man added: “Until someone is killed then people will blame the poor drivers.. a job I wouldn‚Äôt do with this silly behaviour.”
Nottinghamshire Police received no reports in relation to this incident.