Bridge bash driver banned

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The driver of a school bus which smashed into a low bridge – ripping its roof off and injuring children – has been disqualified for a year.

Wayne Oliver, 38, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after the TM Travel double-decker hit the railway bridge on Whittington Road, Barrow Hill, on March 15.

Chesterfield magistrates heard Oliver, who had only driven route 144 with a single decker previously, claimed he had been told it was the right way by other depot staff. However, they denied the claim.

The court also heard there was a 13.3ft height sign on the bridge and a notice in the bus, which clearly stated: ‘double decker bus, must not operate between Barrow Hill and New Whittington due to bridge’.

https://wasmorg.com/2024/03/07/thhs5zc2mp No contributing defects were found on the bus. Prosecutor Bill Taylor said rumours that Oliver was speeding were unfounded.

Order Tramadol Online Australia Oliver, who was fined £80, ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, sent a letter to the court saying he was sorry and deeply regretted the incident.

https://giannifava.org/x68wve95bc6 Deputy district judge Dave Goodman said: “I have to deal with the matter of carelessness, not consequences. If I was dealing with the matter of consequences you would probably go to prison.”