Not that there’s anything wrong with log cooking

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — If you get driver applications from anyone claiming to have bus experience earned with UK North and British GM Buses Enterprises Ltd., proceed with caution.

According to the British press reports, a pair of executives from the company were jailed after court found them guilty of creating false documents and duty rosters to hide inexperienced immigrant drivers who "brought carnage" to area streets, resulting in at least one death.

The court heard that the company imported 100 “cheap labor” Poles to Britain and despite the drivers not having any experience, put them to work piloting double-decker buses. And an inspection of the company’s fleet in 2006 showed that 16 of the outfit’s 28 buses were not roadworthy.

Many of the immigrants couldn’t speak English. They worked for up to 31 days straight without a day off. And the buses were in a string of very serious accidents.

One worker was crushed to death after being knocked off a crane by one of the buses as it attempted to drive past his equipment.

The driver had gone 19 days without a rest, and was charged but the case was later dropped.

The victim’s father, according to local reports, is a manager with another bus company and he told the courts: “Greed drove these men. [The jailed executives.] Their hell drivers were working illegally long hours.

“The driver who killed my son couldn’t speak English so how could he read road signs? They virtually loaded a gun by allowing him to drive.”

Another bus was driven the wrong way up a one-way street and another had its roof ripped off because the driver did not recognize warning signs. All told, the cops issued 34 prosecution notices.


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