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1 hour ago, denshaw said:

The garage man that took the decker down Meadow Lane, was he giving his missus a lift home?

 

Yes he picked her up early every morning own personal chauffeur service .

On the fateful day in question he tried to impress her with a brand new bus !

 

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Sadly I heard some bad news this morning that one of my nearby neighbours had suddenly passed away.

Ex Bulwell & Bilborough driver, Tony Haslam, only saw him a couple of weeks ago in Tesco Bulwell. Good bloke.

Only a few weeks ago another ex bus driver from Bulwell was Tony Williamson (Larry).

Seems the grim reaper is busy just lately.

Lots of fond memories.

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Very sad news Catfan..i do recall you talking to him.John Lawrie, Mike Winters and Brian Scott...do recall these fellas Mick?

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Catfan..reminds me of the time i took a 40ft box down Wilford Cresc West..full of fixtures & fittings from an old pub. Catweazle the shunter wasn't best pleased.

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The 40 bus..was the first i was allowed to travel on..on my own.Up to my mates near The Gardeners.31194467502_26ba0a9521_b.jpgnice Vauxhall estate.

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Looks like an RAC car park sign above the Vauxhall, when did the RAC stop having the signs made?

 

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I can't understand this incident in Coventry where a 77 year old bus driver drove over the pavement and killed 2 people. How is a 77 year old still fit to drive a bus? He was reported for his bad driving and told by management not to fall asleep while he was driving. He was working an AVERAGE of 75 hours a week, how? He is now 80 and not fit to stand trial due to dementia.

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This is one of the problems of scrapping the retirement age,I'm not aying everyone should retire at 60 or 65 but in certain jobs reactive time should be taken into consideration

 

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It's not so much as retirement age but the ability to do the job. His record shows that he was, to most normal observers, incompetent and had a number of crashes and warnings about his (in)ability to drive a bus. He should have been stopped many years prior to this unhappy occurrence.

 

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The annual D4 medical for drivers over 65 should have spotted something wasn't right with drivers in that state.

That medical is quite tough, not a quick 5 minute job.

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He'd averaged over 70 working hours for three consecutive weeks. Definitely management should have clamped down on that. Who checked his taco if ever there was one. A ridiculous situation turned into a tragedy.

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I'm fully in favour of compulsory retirement at retirement age. This would free up a lot of jobs for those poor EU immigrants who congregate on street corners every day drinking cans of Polish lager & trying to eke out a living on selling illegal imported tobacco products from Poland & their benefit top up. Besides we have enough of our very own dossers, scumbags & no hopers who would relish the opportunity to do a honest days living  for a change & paying their way in society instead of trekking to the job centre plus fortnight to sign on.

The world would be such a nicer place in one go.

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And they go to the trouble of printing fake Big Issue magazines...uk taxpayer is funding the printing.

Wonder how many uk citizens are on the rock n roll in their countries?

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3 hours ago, FLY2 said:

He'd averaged over 70 working hours for three consecutive weeks. Definitely management should have clamped down on that. Who checked his taco if ever there was one. A ridiculous situation turned into a tragedy.

The trouble is FLY  the drivers hours regulations are quite difficult to work out some times. With UK regulations & the EU working time directive to confuse things even more a driver could slip under the radar as far as driving hours are concerned, if his company are not pro active in enforcing regular tachograph checks. Then again not all EU countries sign up to the WTD anyway. The German Govt like to invent new EU rules but they themselves don't always sign up to them ! But daft old GB does every time. If he had averaged over 70 hours over 3 consecutive weeks then he has certainly not acted legally.

Under international law a commercial pilot HAS to retire at 65 regardless, I think this should be adopted for all commercial & public service drivers too.

 

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It's his safety record that would be of most concern to me (as well as his age). He had been disciplined several times for crashing his vehicle and been reported by passengers as being unsafe and incompetent - missing stops, overshooting stops and more. What more could his employer have needed to stop this activity?

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Nothing at all, they are just as culpable as he is. Should have been put out to grass years ago.

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If he had been retired from the driving job and maybe given a job in another role within the company with less hours, this problem wouldn't have happened

 

It's very difficult to get rid of an employee these days thanks to many EU rules which in some cases is a good thing but surely his own concience should have told him it's time to call it a day

 

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Don't thinks Ian but, perhaps someone with a young persons reactions which could be someone of any age

 

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I reached early '60s & suffered a HA & couldn't do the treadmill test (compulsory) for my vocational licenses to be restored. My vocational licenses were thus revoked.

I surrendered my ordinary driving license when I realised my eyesight wasn't up to a safe standard for driving. This was before I was advised by my GP & hospital consultant btw. to give up driving.

The trouble is too many older drivers won't accept that they are not fit to drive anymore. It's certainly nothing to be ashamed about.

I like to think of the financial benefits of not owning a car anymore which can be quite considerable even with a modest car. plus the ongoing upkeep as well. Living in Bulwell with excellent public transport connections I really manage quite easily to get about on a good day. My 2 kids live in Nottm & both have cars at my disposal anytime I need a ride somewhere if they are not at work. I don't usually ask my daughter for a lift cos she takes after her mum for driving !  smile2

 

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I've been put off the road lately more than a battered Avenger!..loved it..bus into town..natter to the owd' ladies.

With these meds..no driving allowed.

Result..looking forward to NCT taking me around Nottm in a couple of weeks.

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13 minutes ago, IAN123. said:

SO!! Is Driving a young persons game??

( only asking!)

I don't think so Ian, more of eyesight & general medical conditions that are more at risk.

Like vocational license holders having a five yearly medical exam after 45 years then yearly at 65 years. I think the same rules should apply to all drivers, but is the infrastructure in place to handle such a task ? I don't think it is at present.

 

Another of my concerns is the fact that teenage drivers expect a driving license by right. The driving test in it's present form is too easy. Novice drivers are taught to pass the test, not taught to drive. Big difference, watch any supermarket car park & look at the performance some (mostly) women have trying to park a car, absolutely embarrassing to watch at times.

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