Bus Drivers Notch Up Tickets for Speeding
Byline: Carys Hepworth
DOZENS of Cardiff Bus drivers have received penalty notices for speeding and jumping red lights on city routes over the past two years.
Although no driver has been convicted of an offence, 35 fixed penalty notices have been issued around Cardiff. The most common offence was for jumping red lights on the North Road and Crown Way junction.
The figures, released after a Freedom of Information request by the Echo, showed drivers got 29 penalty notices for illegally crossing red lights since January 2009. Speeding tickets were given to buses travelling on Pantmawr Road, Cypress Drive, Pentwyn Road, St Fagans Road and Lansdowne Road.
In April and May 2009, drivers received eight separate notices for jumping red lights, and in August 2009 they received five.
Company secretary Cynthia Ogbonna said: "All drivers who have been found to have committed an offence have been dealt with in compliance with our disciplinary procedure."
Cardiff Bus's disciplinary procedure states that, except in cases of gross misconduct, no employee is dismissed for a first breach.
With regard to criminal or potentially criminal activity, the contract states: "These will not be treated as automatic reasons for dismissal. Each case will be dealt with on its own merits. …