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Initial problem

My daughter caught the 147 bus home from Bennett Memorial school yesterday (27/11/14). She usually gets off at the Sheffield Road stop in Southborough, but due to the bus driver not stopping at hers and about 3 other bus stops, she and a number of other Bennett and TWGGS children had to walk back from Tonbridge - a 40 minute walk in the dark. My daughter is 12 years old.
The driver claimed that the bell was not being pushed. Regardless of whether this was in fact the case, the school kids were all doing their utmost to bring to his attention that he needed to stop. it took some of them to actually bang on his plastic cabin for him to do so.

If you are going to have drivers with the responsibility of transporting school children, then they have to act responsibly. Following the rules to the letter (ie not stopping if the bell is not rung properly) is not being responsible - a modicum of common sense must be exercised when the safety of young children is at stake.

Fortunately, due to the fact that there were so many of them in the same boat, my daughter did not have to walk on her own but this does not excuse the bus driver's actions.

  • By Sarah Cox on 28 Nov 2014
  • Sent to Arriva Kent & Sussex on 28 Nov 2014
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