Monday 22 March 2010

Judge oozes sympathy for crap bus driver

A bus driver has been fined after pleading guilty to careless driving after hitting a woman as she stepped off the kerb.

But Raymond Taylor, who was driving a number 367 single decker earned some sympathy when sentenced at Croydon Crown Court.

The judge fined Taylor £300 with £200 costs, and imposed three penalty points, but did not disqualify him from driving.

Linda Shamel, prosecuting, said Metrobus driver Taylor was driving along Lansdowne Road, Croydon, on April 3 last year when three people began to cross.

She said: "The two in front crossed safely but the woman appeared to freeze on the road.

"The driver failed to brake at all.

The 18 year-old pedestrian was seriously injured as the front near-side of the bus caught her.