To clean or not to clean: that is the legal question

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According to Alan Payling: “A bit of exercise out in the sun (it shines a lot in Torquay) where drivers can work at their own pace while they clean their coach for as long as they like is probably going to do them a lot more good than sitting down flexing the well-worn muscles of their posteriors.” It must be stressed that Highcliffe Coach Holidays tour driver Graham Bellows was on duty while cleaning his coach when he was photographed cleaning the Van Hool coach seen here. ALAN PAYLING

Alan Payling considers whether tour drivers cleaning coaches on their rest days when in resort is a good and legal activity

When I was researching my recent article about what a selection of tour drivers spent their time doing when they had a rest day in resort (‘A tour driver’s holiday’, CBW1324), I came across a few drivers who made the most of their free time. I also came across drivers who said that rather than doing anything special on their legal rest day, they usually cleaned their coach when they weren’t taking their passengers out. This led to a few discussions about a practice that is, from what I see in Torquay & Paignton, widespread, yet of questionable legality.[…]

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