Bus companies banned from roads

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/6204717.stm

More than 60 buses have been taken off the roads
Two Manchester bus companies have been banned from the roads over Christmas after serious concerns were raised about the safety of their drivers.

Representatives from GM Buses and UK North appeared at a public hearing in Warrington before North West Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell on Friday.

The investigation into their safety records began after a man died in a bus accident on Oxford Road last month.

Ms Bell said she was concerned over the safety of the firm's Polish drivers.

One hundred of 130 of the drivers at UK North are Polish the hearing was told many had a poor understanding of English.

Martin Pilling died after he was struck by a bus in November

She said she was not convinced the drivers had been properly trained.

Traffic commissioners are independent regulators for the passenger transport industry.

They have powers to revoke, suspend and curtail a company's licence to operate.

Sign writer Martin Pilling, of East Moor Road, Worsley, in Salford, was in the basket of a cherry picker when it was hit by a UK North bus on Wilmslow Road in Rusholme on 1 November.

The 27-year-old fell in front of the double decker bus and died at the scene shortly after 0800 GMT.

The UK North depot was examined three days later and concerns were raised over the safety of the vehicles and the amount of training the drivers had received.

More than 60 buses will be stopped from Friday until 2 January when the inquiry will reconvene.
 
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Guess if they have been stopped from running buses for over a week there is a good chance it will be goodbye UK North/GM Buses for good and the end of the bus wars on the 192 (Stockport/Hazel Grove) and Chorlton routes
 

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UK North never operated on the 192 but operated it using GM Buses. It was about a bus every hour compared to Stagecoach's every 3 minutes. 192 is also overshadowed by 199, 390, 392, 393 and Megabus 192 to Stepping Hill.

This is the trouble with Polish Drivers. Hardly any of them understand English and are a danger to other users of the road and pedestrians. Some can't even tell the difference between a 1p and a £1 coin.
 

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Polish / other foreign drivers are fine, so long as they are trained properly.

Some are brought on and simply hold where to drive the bus and nothing more - so don't know how to work the ticket machine, how much the fare is, which is the best stop for x et cetera.

Equally, there are a lot of English drivers who need extra training - I forget how many I've shown the route to in the past year or so.
 
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