Drug conviction driver wins PCV driving licence back

first_imgHuddersfield bus driver Julia Jackson was successful in her bid for the return of her PCV driving entitlement following the end of her disqualification from driving, after a conviction in May 2015 for driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs.Ms Jackson told Traffic Commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney at a hearing in Leeds that she had been a bus driver for eight years and was currently unemployed. The conviction arose out of human error. She had had an operation and was taking pain killers and in error she had taken sleeping tablets instead of pain killers. It had been 0230hrs and she had driven to a garage for some cigarettes. She could not remember driving there or getting the cigarettes and on the way back she collided with her front wall. The police were called and she was breathalysed and an ambulance was called.In reply to the TC she said that she had an application form for a job with Yorkshire Tiger Bus, and a supervisor employed by that company, a Mr Price, said that she had not taken drugs purposely and he would be recommending to the Operations Manager that Ms Jackson be given a driver assessment test.After Ms Jackson had said that she also had an application from for a job with TLC Travel, Mr Price said she would be better at Tiger Bus as she would be driving minibuses and not double-deckers.Renewing Ms Jackson’s entitlement, the TC said that though he had been concerned that it was a long while since she had driven a bus, whoever she worked for would be giving her a driver assessment test.last_img