[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 January, 2005, 11:03 GMT
Octogenarian driving school bus
Inside of school bus
A man of 80 is driving children to and from school
A council says older people are welcome to drive school buses as long as they are safe.

Staffordshire County Council has defended its policy after it was revealed that an 80-year-old regularly drives school buses in Uttoxeter.

Other companies employ drivers in their 70s, and some parents say they are concerned at the situation.

But council spokesman Richard Caddy says all older drivers are tested before the bus companies take them on.

Annual medicals

Bus driver Ron Ayre, who is 75 and runs Robin Hood coaches in Rudyard in the Staffordshire Moorlands, says he would have no concerns about employing an older driver.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "They have medicals every 12 months and providing they pass them, there's no problem.

"I think the main thing is that they enjoy what they are doing."

The DVLA in Swansea says there is no upper age limit for driving a bus, but drivers over 65 have to make a self-declaration of any health problems, and if they are ill between times they have to let the authorities know.

Big yellow bus for school pupils
03 Nov 04 |  West Yorkshire
Walking bus overtakes school-run
04 Oct 04 |  Berkshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific