Ciggy-break bus driver accused of swearing
A BUS driver is alleged to have shouted and sworn at passengers, including a schoolgirl travelling alone, after getting off the vehicle for a cigarette break. The mother of the 14-year old girl was particularly upset because her daughter had only just bee
A BUS driver is alleged to have shouted and sworn at passengers, including a schoolgirl travelling alone, after getting off the vehicle for a cigarette break.
The mother of the 14-year old girl was particularly upset because her daughter had only just been allowed to start using buses on her own.
She said: "It was a bit of independence for her but she's not sure now she wants to use the buses as it was quite frightening to have a man shouting and swearing."
The old girl boarded the S2 bus - run by Uno buses - from St Albans city centre to City Hospital in Normandy Road on March 20.
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When she got on the bus she paid her fare to the driver and sat down. The driver then got off to smoke a cigarette and one of the other passengers asked him long it would be before the journey would recommence.
The driver allegedly shouted and swore at the passengers using four-letter words and saying that if the passengers were going to waste his time, he would waste theirs.
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The girl's mother said: "This behaviour is totally unacceptable. Also, despite numerous e-mails and phone calls, I have failed to get a satisfactory answer from the bus company as to what action they will be taking to prevent a recurrence of this unsavoury incident."
Michael Finn, general manager of Uno Buses, said: "The driver will have been interviewed and his future conduct closely monitored. We regret any distress caused to the passengers involved.