"I Make The Law On My Bus"

By Hazel Last edited 133 months ago
"I Make The Law On My Bus"

Bus passengers can be quite rude. Buses themselves have a tendency to be a bit offensive and they don't work in reverse which can be a little irritating. However, it's the jaw-dropping bastardness of this story that drove us to add to our store of bus related tales.

13-year-old Jennie Scott and her female friends of similar ages were twice refused entry to a local bus by the same driver. While many of us would happily applaud the barring of teenagers from buses if they were playing unpleasant hip hop tunes through crappy mobile phones so that all anyone can hear is a loud, rasping, buzzing noise punctuated by occasional shouts of "bitch, ho, ass", these girls were simply trying to travel for free, as Transport for London allows them to, and that left them stranded in Leatherhead, Surrey and then the following night, outside Chessington World of Adventures after closing hours.

We have it on good authority that having to do anything in Leatherhead at any time of day isn't great so the girls have our sympathy. But the real slap in the face is the fact the unpleasant driver wouldn't let them board his precious bus at Chessington World of Adventures and was quite happy to leave four young girls in an empty car park at night. When it was pointed out by one Jennie's friends that it is within the law for 13-year-olds to travel for free on London buses, the driver replied: "I make the law on my bus."

The man clearly aspires to be a community police officer.

Jennie's dad had to collect the girls from the closed Adventure Park and wasn't very happy. Transport for London are investigating the case. There is no comment from the driver, who had only one other exchange with the girls before driving away the first time he refused them entry- he allegedly said to them "go on the internet and click Oyster."

We would like to return the advice to the driver and say to him "go on the internet and click 'I do not make the law, I am just a bus driver and I could be nicer to my passengers, yes, I think I could'."

Image taken from edwin11_79's Flickr stream.

Last Updated 17 May 2007


Interesting that all you found wrong about this was an alleged "rude" driver.

How about what kind of Father lets his under-age daughter and her friends ride a bus, alone, to a theme park? Even if these were the little angels you appear to find them, what the hell are they doing on a bus by themselves with no parental supervision? Even if TFL seems to think that if you are 11 - 13 you don't need to be accompanied by an adult, that doesn't make it right.

The reason we have these little incubi on the buses with us is because the drivers don't ask for ID and Transport for London stopped requiring children of a certain age to carry Oyster IDs with them on the buses (whereas they still require them on Trams, Overland and Underground). If these girls want guaranteed entry on the buses, they should go out and get themselves the Oyster, just like the driver said.

And in the mean time, what a horror to be left outside of Chessington at 5 or 6pm (when the park closes most of the year) in a very likely crowded car park. Not exactly Midnight, is it? And perhaps the real moral of the story is that their Father was not too happy that he had to come and pick them up. One has to wonder why, eh?

I think the bus driver was fully within his rights to refuse entry. If they had no form of ID, who knows how old they were trying to be? They could be little scabby under achievers ("Please note, 16-18 year olds must have a valid 16+ Oyster photocard to get free travel on buses and trams." fr TFL) as opposed to the lovely little flowers they are made out to be.

Good for the bus driver.