Angry mother calls for bus driver ban
By TOBY WALKER
A GRAFTON mother has called for a school bus driver to be sacked after he ordered children off a bus near Grafton's CBD on Thursday afternoon, leaving her three primary school-aged children to find their way home.
According to the mother, who did not wish to be named, her children had caught the 1017 Busways coach from Westlawn to get to their grandparents' home in South Grafton.
But for reasons that remain unclear, the driver of the bus stopped in Villiers Street and ordered everyone off before disembarking himself and making a phone call from his mobile.
After a short time, he allowed passengers back on to the bus but several students had already begun walking home.
The mother said her three children, all under the age of 10, became lost and were located near the Showgrounds on Prince Street about an hour later after a stranger had stopped to help her little girl who had scraped her knee after a fall.
"So many things could have happened in that hour, it was a dereliction of duty," she said.
"He put children in harm's way and if circumstances had of been different and my children were harmed, I don't know what I would have done."
The mother has called for the driver to be sacked and the incident be recorded on his driving record, but so far Busways has acted by suspending the driver from work until it completes its own investigation.
"We regret that the incident did happen and we'll be taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again," Busways information officer Robert Anderson said.