Night bus driver leaves crying schoolgirl stranded after refusing to let her on last bus 'for health and safety reasons'

THIS is the moment a bus driver left a crying schoolgirl stranded late at night for "health and safety reasons".

The youngster, 16, burst into tears after she was told that she wasn't allowed to board the last bus.


Video captures her pleading with the driver and standing in front of the vehicle in market town Beverley, Yorkshire last week.

The girl wanted to catch the service to Dunswell, around four-and-a-half miles away, to meet friends at 9.30pm, HullLive reports.

But she claims the East Yorkshire bus began to pull away as she reached it.

She tried desperately to reason with the driver – but he beeped the horn at her in an attempt to get her to move.

He also flashed the lights and even revved the engine, she said.

A police officer believed to have been dealing with another incident at the station came over after witnessing the incident unfold.

TEEN'S TEARS

The female cop spoke with the bus driver, who said that he could not open the doors due to health and safety reasons.

The girl's dad, Gary Hockney, said: "She was so upset.

"It happened on Sunday night and on Monday she didn't go to college.

"She was frightened to go on the bus because she goes on a public bus and she was worried that she would bump into this driver.

"She came back on Monday and she was in tears about it and explained that was why."

He called the driver's defence "blunt" and said he backs his daughter.

'SHE STOOD IN FRONT OF BUS'

"In her words, which isn't wrong going by the footage, the bus was still in the parking bay – as she approached it, it began to pull away," he said.

"She was directly in front of the doors and in full view of the driver. He looked at her, he saw her and carried on pulling out.

"She started crying at one point and he's revving his engine, flashing his lights and beeping his horn.

"Then, fortunately, a police officer in the station at the time came over and asked what was going on.

"If you look at the footage, she challenged the driver and he just referred to this blunt health and safety policy."

Following the row, the police officer gave the youngster a lift back home.

COP STEPPED IN

Mr Hockney said: "I want to draw attention to his actions but also the officer's because it's such a positive thing that she did.

"I would have picked her up but it was such a nice gesture."

And he said of the bus driver: "I'm sure he would have let his own daughter on in that situation.

"If he saw somebody being chased or something, surely at some point there's a cut-off and you show some discretion."

A spokesperson from the bus company said: "On Sunday night, one of our buses was in the process of leaving Beverley Bus Station at its scheduled departure time when a late-arriving passenger ran out in front of it to try to stop it leaving.

"For safety reasons, our drivers are advised not to allow any more passengers to board once they have closed the doors and reversed off the bus station stands, as it is unsafe for passengers to try to enter the part of the station where buses are moving.

"The passenger refused to move from in front of the bus, so a police officer who was in the station dealing with some antisocial behaviour came to speak to the driver, and agreed to give the passenger a lift home so that the bus could continue on its way.

"Our driver was satisfied that the passenger was safe, and the bus was able to continue with its journey.

"We’d advise that passengers always ensure they arrive at their bus stop in good time, and we have live tracking features on our website and app which you can use to ensure you never miss a bus.”

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