Year 9 pupils from the Fitz-Wimarc School, in Hockley Road, were returning from a school trip to London’s Docklands when a pupil noticed a can of cider in the driver’s cab.
The pupil took a photo of the can and sent it to her mother, who contacted the school. Police met the driver when the coach arrived at the school and breathalysed him.
The test showed a zero result for alcohol.Well, what a relief! Yes? Not for the driver…
Headteacher Robert Harris sent a letter to parents confirming the incident had happened.
It has not been disclosed which company provided the driver of the coach, but the school has taken action in response to the incident.
In his letter, which has been seen by the Echo, Mr Harris said: “I can confirm there was a largely full can of cider in the cab on the journey. The coach driver was met at the school and recorded a zero breath test.
“We do now leave this matter in police hands, but I can confirm the school will not employ the services of this driver again for any company and will seek reassurance from the company on its procedures before we even consider employing its services again. We have cancelled all remaining bookings to this effect.”Good grief..!
There might have been a perfectly logical explanation for the presence of a can of ALCOHOL!!! in the cab that doesn't mean the driver ever intended to drink it while driving. The law over here (I know things are different in the US) does not state that a driver may not have alcohol in the vehicle, which is just as well, or I’d be in trouble on my way back from Sainsbury.
So it’d hardly be surprising that he didn't think it’d be a problem. It seems he reckoned without the forces of Puritanism coupled with the increasingly Stasi tendencies of pupils.