Our Ref: B/14/2
7th October 2019
DEFECTIVE DESTINATION BOARDS – STAGECOACH EAST MIDLANDS
You may have been aware of the concerns raised over buses that have been reported as defective due to faulty destination boards subsequently being declared serviceable by management. Your East Midlands Bus Branch queried the legal position and potential liability of members driving these buses without receiving a satisfactory response from management. It should be noted that there have been reports of verbal threats to our members should they refuse to drive the vehicles with defective destination boards.
Your union has sought legal advice and this has confirmed that drivers are liable and could face prosecution if they take buses out of the depot with defective destination boards. It is totally unacceptable for you to be expected to work in these circumstances.
Consequently I have written to the company to demand that the current practise stop immediately and no buses with defective destination boards are put into service. If Stagecoach East Midlands aren’t willing to do so then this union will enter into dispute with the company and I will proceed to ballot our bus driver members.
I will keep you informed of developments.