Did anyone else hear Noel Brett with Matt Cooper today (16/3/12) mentioning a case where a bus driver lost his license after being pulled up for going too slowly? Seems quite harsh IMO.
He referred to it in response to a texter complaining of being currently stuck behind a caravan somewhere. No mention of the fact that the driver shouldnt have been texting.
You will fail your driving test for not keeping up with traffic.
It is called a failure to proceed or progress afaik and will fail you in the test.
No, it's a box on the examiner's sheet called something like 'failing to make sufficient progress'. While there is no minimum speed limit for driving a car, you can fail the test if you drive too slow.
I failed my full license test for progress on the straight
I know all that, but I thought that the case he mentioned was a bit over the top, admittedly I dont know the full circumstances, but it seems the driver was penalised for driving a bus carefully.
My thoughts on hearing it were that some other defect must have caused the ban, such as no DOE, serious fault with the vehicle etc...
I can't imagine how you could lose your licence for going too slow because there isn't any offence under the RTA which relates to going too slow. He might have been sacked from a job with a bus company because there is obviously a requirement to get passengers from A to B at a reasonably fast rate and then turn the bus around for the return trip so if you drove too slowly it would eventually be grounds for dismissal.
I regularly encounter a bus on my commute that travels at 60km/ph. It holds up a huge line of traffic and ends up with people getting impatient and trying crazy over taking manouveres
This was a motoring offence case as Noel Brett mentioned a Garda pulling up the driver, and the driver being banned!
Its in this section, close to the start- http://media.todayfm.com/listenback/98/friday/1/popup
Is it some auld fella driving that thinks he's doing 60mph?
Your falling for the RSA "Speed Kills" BS. Just because someone is driving slowly doesn't mean they are driving carefully.
My father drives slowly but he's a dangerous driver.
Very slow drivers can be danerous. Its almos like parking in the middle of the road. You become an obstacle and everyone has to get around you which can be hazardous.
I believe Noel Brett may have been referring to the famous case in 2009 of the Mayo farmer who was summoned for failing to pay an on-the-spot fine and was also summoned for not driving with reasonable consideration for other road users as he refused to pull in on his his way home from the mart.
The 12 month ban only applied to his driving a tractor.
He was a part-time bus driver who received a safety award from Bus Éireann, so that's where the bus driver reference come from imo.
So you how do know the guy driving the bus is a careless/dangerous
driver and at the same time you have no knowledge of the case mentioned?
You are jumping to conclusions.