Edinburgh bus driver claims unfair dismissal over Leith Walk collision with cyclist who was ‘under the influence’ - your views online

"Leith Walk is a hazard on its own never mind a drunken cyclist. This bus driver should be reinstated and the suits should try to drive Leith Walk themselves”

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 7:00 am

Driver sacked

Edinburgh bus driver claims unfair dismissal over Leith Walk collision with cyclist who was ‘under the influence’

Donna Arnot

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If that was a driver, he would be done for drunk driving. I feel cyclists now rule the road. If they want the same rights they have to abide by the Highway Code Don’t cycle on pavements or though red lights and have test to pass and have A helmet, bike service, MOT and insurance.

Sarah Cox

I am sick of the demonisation of all cyclists because of the bad ones. I feel bad for the bus driver. I wouldn’t dream of getting on a bike drunk and behaving like that. He clearly was the driving force of the accident. You'd end up in serious trouble driving drunk. Cycling drunk is dangerous too! Why does the driver have to lose his job over this?

David Paul

Cyclist clearly at fault, under the influence, no lights etc. Seems unfair that the managers couldn't open their minds to that. Seems like more poor management.

Jacqui Hood

Leith Walk is a hazard on its own never mind a drunken cyclist. This bus driver should be reinstated and the suits should try to drive Leith Walk themselves.

Thomas Imrie

No vehicle, motorised or not, should be on a public road while the driver is under the influence of alcohol.

Kevin Brown

Looks like Lothian Buses are using the accident to get rid of the driver. I have heard that drivers are told not to leave their bus under any circumstances and that they have sacked drivers for doing this. So what are the guidelines? LB can’t have it both ways.

Tomasz Winiarski

Bus driver at fault or not, the cyclist being under influence should be treated as drunk driver - end of story.

Ann Renton

If the cyclist was drunk he should never have been on the road, the bus driver should be reinstated, shame on Lothian buses

Pauline Morgan

The police blamed the cyclist, so why are the bus company blaming the driver?

Sheree King

Lothian Buses have been sacking their employees for the littlest things lately, then they will complain they are 500 drivers short.

Fiona Quin

Cyclists should be registered. I always maintain they should do the theory test. Hope the driver takes this matter all the way. Cyclists think they own the road.

Maureen Willis

Why was the cyclist not charged with being drunk on a public highway. Do the rules of the road not apply to cyclists? Some of them are very aggressive and don’t stick to the highway code. I’ve had my car damaged twice by cyclists getting too close to my car yet they can get away with that.

Lewis Hill

Cyclists need to have insurance for the road and registration plates so they can be held accountable for their idiotic behaviour.

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Iain Brough

Looking forward...it would be good to see some of the festival events spread across the City. Let other businesses benefit as well. Great transport links, so no problem.

Jon Clark

Look forward to a winter third wave if the festivals go ahead like usual. It’s not sensible at all. Other countries are cancelling events or restricting them to local audiences only. Inviting tourists from across the globe to Edinburgh is just totally irresponsible. Why should all the non-tourists businesses that have already suffered hugely during lockdowns be subjected to yet another one just so tourists businesses can make money and leave a lockdown problem after?

Kirsty Leslie

If we aren't allowed to go abroad by then, the Edinburgh Festival sure as hell shouldn't be allowed to bring people here from worldwide countries!

Paul Krol

The world chess champion refused to go Saudia Arabia, stating that it's not all about money. Will Edinburgh festival accept responsibility for any Covid-19 third wave, then put insurance against it or just keep quiet?

Ian Freestone

If we aren't allowed to attend football matches at stadiums then the idea of using them for the festival can get lost.

Jenny Mollison

Well said Cockburn Association. For long periods each summer Edinburgh's parks and green spaces turn into no-go areas.