Bus driver sacked after drink-drive arrest

This Is Wiltshire: The X34 service stops in  Melksham Market Place The X34 service stops in Melksham Market Place

A bus driver arrested in Melksham after reports he was swigging from a can of extra strong lager has been sacked by employers Faresaver.

Police received reports from a passer-by that the male driver of the 2.40pm X34 Faresaver bus from Frome to Chippenham was swigging from a can of extra strong lager in Frome last Thursday and urinating against the side of the vehicle.

Wiltshire police were alerted by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and officers were waiting at Market Place in Melksham with a relief driver and a supervisor from the bus company at 3.45pm.

The driver, 55, from Trowbridge, was breathalysed and arrested after being found to have 42mg/100ml of alcohol on his breath, above the 35mg/100ml legal limit. He was bailed pending further inquiries.

The replacement driver took over the bus and continued on to Chippenham.

General manager Justin Pickford said: “There is an ongoing police investigation and an internal investigation, but suffice to say the driver is no longer working for us. He was suspended from the moment he was taken off the bus and his employment was terminated.

“We co-operated with the police when we knew there was possibly a problem and one of our supervisors was on hand with the police in Melksham.

“It is a very unfortunate state of events, and the safety of our passengers is of the most importance, and we are working fully with the police on this occasion to put the situation right.”

Passengers waiting for the X34 service in Trowbridge this week were shocked at the news.

Ian Stone, 54, from Trowbridge, said: “It should be seriously looked into.”

Pensioner Margaret Ludlow, from Bradford on Avon, said “I thought they were pretty good, I take them every day from Trowbridge to Bradford on Avon and back again.”

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5:02pm Fri 1 Feb 13

mazzer76 says...

Amazing really that Police let the bus get from Frome to Melksham first, any thing could have happened during that journey,suppose their lucky it didn't.
Amazing really that Police let the bus get from Frome to Melksham first, any thing could have happened during that journey,suppose their lucky it didn't. mazzer76
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8:37am Sat 2 Feb 13

nic800 says...

We don't know where the driver was when they were informed by the member of the public
We don't know where the driver was when they were informed by the member of the public nic800
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4:11pm Sun 3 Feb 13

mazzer76 says...

Nic800 why not drive out to Frome and intercept it on route rather than just sit and wait, was that not an option? if not why, when there is a risk to the public.
Nic800 why not drive out to Frome and intercept it on route rather than just sit and wait, was that not an option? if not why, when there is a risk to the public. mazzer76
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12:32pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Xezta94 says...

oh dear.......
oh dear....... Xezta94
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