Drivers Must Wait for Reliefs
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LORD PARKER, the Lord Chief Justice, said in the Queen's Bench Divisional Court last week that he felt sorry for a bus driver who went off duty leaving his bus at a stop and then was summoned for causing an obstruction because a "relief driver did not arrive.
Lord Parker, held, however, that Essex Magistrates sitting at Malden, were wrong in dismissing summonses against the bus driver, Stanley Smith. of St. Peter's Avenue, Maldon. "It seems to me," he said. " that the question whether a man's spell of duty has ended or not i5 quite immaterial. • Until the relief driver turns up he remains in charge despite the fact that his hours of duty have ended."
The Court allowed with costs, a police appeal against the justices' dismissal of summonses alleging that Smith caused the bus to remain stationary in High Street, Maldon, longer than reasonably necessary to pick up or set down passengers, and that he caused an unnecessary obstruction,