Peril of privatisation? Or just greedy Stagecoach?

Would this have been allowed to happen in a state-run utility company? Or is it just that all companies now seem to accept the unacceptable?

“Stagecoach bus driver and former mayor, 80, who ploughed his double-decker into a Sainsbury’s killing boy, seven and woman, 76, was driving dangerously, court finds.

A bus driver who crashed into a Sainsburys, killing two people, was driving dangerously when he caused the deaths, a fact-finding trial has found.

The double-decker bus driven by Kailash Chander, 60, smashed into the supermarket in October 2015.

Rowan Fitzgerald, seven, and Dora Hancox, 76, died when the bus crashed in Coventry.

Mr Chander, 80, from Leamington Spa, was judged unfit to plead or stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Prosecutors allege the ‘shockingly bad driving’ by Chander, aged 77 at the time, occurred after he had worked three consecutive 75-hour weeks. …

The court heard that in 2014, the bus company, Midland Red installed a telematics system across its fleet to monitor driver performance.

The system was called ‘Ecodriver’ and was a ‘spy-in-the-cab’ device which would monitor driver performance electronically by measuring features such as braking, cornering, acceleration and speeding.

It was between July 2014 and September 2015 that Mr Chander received 24 letters relating to his Ecodriver performance.

Chander, from Leamington, has been judged medically unfit to plead or stand trial, and has been excused from attending a ‘finding-of-facts’ trial which began on Tuesday.

He has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two of causing serious injury. …”

One thought on “Peril of privatisation? Or just greedy Stagecoach?

  1. I am unclear what the issue is here:

    1. That, at 77, he was far too old to be driving a public service vehicle the size of an HGV;

    2. That the Ecodriver system was inappropriate for some reason or may have contributed to the accident – like possibly creating a nervousness of being monitored in the driver diverting his attention;

    3. That the bus company let him continue to drive despite his having had 24 formal warnings about his driving as monitored by the Ecodriver system;

    4. That the fatal crash happened after 3 consecutive 75-hour weeks, and that the bus company requiring him to work these long hours were potentially the cause;

    5. All of the above.

    There is NOTHING in the article about the bus company being held at all responsible, nor do I think it likely that they will get to the bottom of this without the testimony of the driver to give evidence on the above points.

    And it seem awfully convenient (for both the driver and his employer) that he is too ill to give evidence.


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