- Knocked off bike by Bus Wnaker – any point in making complaint?
I’d call the bus company at the very least, probably the Police too depending on the bus companies reaction.
I had a local bus company bus force me off the road a couple of years back. I got home absolutely steaming & rang the bus company. When I gave him the reg of the bus, the time & place the guy knew straight away who it was, was very apologetic and assured me the bloke would be dealt with.Posted 6 years ago
I should have followed it up, but never did.TheBrickMember
Report it to both. It dose go on their record. In London bus drivers now have some extra cyclist awareness training due to lots of complaint like this and IME of London bus drivers while cycling it has really helped as their driving seems to be much better now than it was a few year ago.Posted 6 years ago
Happened to me. I got a phone call and letter from the bus company (travel west midlands)
I was on the bus for about 10 minutes shouting the odds before I got the **** name though. Refused to get off until he told me.
I later heard from a guy I knew that drove for them that he had been taken off the route and put on some less busy roads – so it’s worth kicking up.Posted 6 years agoDrRSwankMember
I’ve had this twice.
I got knocked off my motorbike years ago by a bus. Got all his details but he didn’t report it so the bus company told me to f-off.
Then recently got ridden into the curb (this time on mountain bike) by a bus driver over taking me on a blind summit. He’d had to swerve into me to avoid a head on with the police car coming the other way. Now that was rather funny.
Personally – it’s worth complaining just to vent your spleen – but don’t expect to get anywhere.Posted 6 years agoGary_CMember
Years ago I was cut up by a bus when I was on the road bike, & said bus came to a stop at the next lights. My protestations to the driver were just met by the idiot sat there grinning like a loon. The smirk was soon wiped off his face though as I pushed the big black button on his bus just above the engine cover that was marked ‘Emergency Engine Stop’….
Left him & his bus full of passengers stranded….
😆Posted 6 years ago
o yes he will, leaving the seen of accident is the end of his bus driveing days… get a brillo pad pull it down ur arm if needs be, but ruin the **** life.. i got in a fight with some guy in a white mini once won the fight, then rung 999, got the guy arrested, got him done, then he lost his job, and will never work again as he as a charge of assault on his record, 🙂 i know that united utility’s fired him and he would lose his house as his wife contacted me through their solicitor and begged me not to press charges, i lol at her and told her that bed and breakfast wasn’t that bad …Posted 6 years agoandylMember
this happened to me once, i dialled 999 and they actually puled over the bus and arrested the driver!
brilliant! Wish I had seen that.
edit: just saw the next bit of your story – not sure I could do that to someone. But I guess you have to be in the victims shoes (or see it) to know how bad the offence was. Next time he could kill someone (or a childs face, bombers, baby robin etc etc).Posted 6 years agoMunqe-chickMember
Complain to both. Most buses have external cctv cameras (intended for their protection in insurance claims) and from professional experience its not something a driver can access/download/delete and police are likely to have a spoc who deals with a specific contact.Posted 6 years ago
If he is prosecuted he may well lose his job depending on company policy. And deservedly so. Bus drivers are worse than lorry drivers when it comes to poor quality and aggressive driving.geordiemick00Member
Last night I went out for a ride with some local lads and then rode home to my GF’s. About ten yards from hers is a bus stop, as I got to about ten yards away from bus stop a bus came to my side (indicating) and then cut in to the kerb and nudged my bar making me take evasive action and ended up getting off bike as there was literally nowhere to go.
Naturally I was mega pissed off so I slapped the side of the bus as he was about to pull away. I got to the doors and started shouting ‘are you f’ing stupid or what?” and after a bit of him playing dumb his parting shot was ‘well you should’ve got out of the way!”
He then closed the doors in my face and went to drive off so I kicked the doors and he then swerved back to the kerb as if to scare me, opened the doors again and told me I was committing criminal damage and it was on CCTV blah blah blah.
I couldn’t believe why he didn’t see how close I was to the bus stop and pull up behind me and I wasn’t invisible, having two bright rear flashing lights and a hope 4 and hope 2 on the front lighting up the way ahead of me.
I understand my reaction was aggressive but as far as I can see his manoeuvre was reckless to say the least and totally un-called for. Not only did he endanger my life but put his passenger who was alighting the bus in danger too.
question is, any point in complaining to First Bus and the Police? I’ve never had a fight in my life but I really wanted to rip his head off 😈Posted 6 years agomartymacSubscriber
im a bus driver,Posted 6 years ago
i think you should definately complain, i dont want members of the public thinking all bus drivers are like this guy.
i work for stagecoach, they would take a complaint of this type very seriously indeed, i imagine first would take a similar stance.
he may get the sack, or not, but frankly, thats his outlook, he could easily have defused the situation by apologising for his lack of attention.nibbyMember
o yes he will, leaving the seen of accident is the end of his bus driveing days… get a brillo pad pull it down ur arm if needs be, but ruin the **** life.. i got in a fight with some guy in a white mini once won the fight, then rung 999, got the guy arrested, got him done, then he lost his job, and will never work again as he as a charge of assault on his record, i know that united utility’s fired him and he would lose his house as his wife contacted me through their solicitor and begged me not to press charges, i lol at her and told her that bed and breakfast wasn’t that bad …
Are you serious? If the answer is yes maybe consider some anger management courses… JESUS!!Posted 6 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I’d complain to anyone who will listen. If the bus company is the main provider in your area then it might even be worth talking to the local authority public transport team as well. As for your reaction at the time, it’s not unnatural considering someone just tried to kill you with several ton of bus. Just make sure you come across as rational and collected from here on in.Posted 6 years agoXyleneMember
i work for stagecoach, they would take a complaint of this type very seriously indeed, i imagine first would take a similar stance.
Do they balls.
The missus had a bus driver who
1. Told her to f>>>>> off back to her own country.
2. Told her he didn’t understand f….ing foreigners and she should learn to speak English properly.
3. Stopped the bus short of the bus stop, waited 5 minutes, then drove to the bus stop and open and shut the doors before driving off.
I complained about him three times, all I got was a polite email saying that they would deal with it.
Last time she went on that route he was still there driving it.Posted 6 years agoyesiamtomMember
Of course, contact the bus company directly (in person?) and the police. I would also contact your council and ask who to speak to. I once saw a taxi driver making some stupid manouvers. The council ended up telling his employers to warn him, not much but hopefuly he’ll think twice before doing it again.Posted 6 years agopolyMember
To add some balance (there are three sides to every story):
The bus driver’s version of events is probably that he overtook the cyclist with no contact (the OP says “nudged his bars” so probably no damage to the bus). Contrary to the OP’s title he wasn’t knocked off he “got off because there was nowhere to go”
Next thing the bus driver knows the cyclist is banging on the side of the bus and hurling abuse at the driver. And kicking the bus doors.
Now I’m not suggesting busses should go round knocking people off bikes or even cutting them up, but a little proportionality in your response might have got a more constructive response from the driver.
I don’t see from your description how he endangered his passenger’s life either.
If you are going to ride on the road then learn to live with driver stupidity – as it sounds like you were more likely to get hurt after the incident than from the original “nudge”.Posted 6 years agobigyinnMember
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o yes he will, leaving the seen of accident is the end of his bus driveing days… get a brillo pad pull it down ur arm if needs be, but ruin the **** life.. i got in a fight with some guy in a white mini once won the fight, then rung 999, got the guy arrested, got him done, then he lost his job, and will never work again as he as a charge of assault on his record, i know that united utility’s fired him and he would lose his house as his wife contacted me through their solicitor and begged me not to press charges, i lol at her and told her that bed and breakfast wasn’t that bad …Posted 6 years ago
You really are a nasty spiteful little brat aren’t you.binnersSubscriber
ilovemygears – Yor answers and posts on here are always measured, balanced and considered.
Couple of questions. what is it you actually do? Are you a social worker?
Do you like doing doing battle recreations at weekends. Specific ones where you get to dress as Mussolini? Or Pol Pot?
Do you think you need to up the dosage on your medication?Posted 6 years agoprojectMember
Its happened nobody got hurt, bus drivers have a really hard job to do, the ignornt passengers who dont know wher theyre going, the ones with no change, the pensioners who complain about the bs being to hot or cold etc ,etc.
Then you have car and bike riders not letting the bus out, traffic congestion, the need to keep to a timetable, and possibly 70 passengers all siting behind you wanting to get to work, and a lot of them thinking, you should drive faster.
Oh and a bus can be up to 40 foot long, with the steering wheels situated behind where the boot would be on your car, finally all the rear view you have is the viwe from two mirrors that would make a budgie proud.Posted 6 years agoaracerSubscriber
Its happened nobody got hurt, bus drivers have a really hard job to do
You’re right – no harm done, why not let the driver get on with his life? After all with such a difficult job to do he should be allowed to cut up cyclists just as much as he wants to – it’s not like he can put his full concentration into driving all the time, so he’s bound to run over somebody sooner or later without it being his fault at all. What was the OP on getting all upset like that at the bus driver just trying to do his job, get his passengers to work on time and making sure he’s early enough so he gets 5 minutes to read the paper when he gets to the bus station.Posted 6 years agojfletchMember
the ignornt passengers who dont know wher theyre going, the ones with no change,
Arrhhh, poor little bus driver. His life must be so hard, having to give someone change. And I pity the poor fool who doesn’t know the bus route as well as the driver and has to ask where to get off.Posted 6 years agorkk01Member
Report to Police (as well as bus co)
I had an incident with a Newport Bus in Cardiff a few years back. Driver was gesticulating and shouting at me to get off the road, and then pulled in on me.
Took advice from a friend in the Police who suggested that it ammounted to both assualt and dangerous driving – although unless other witnesses came forward (ie passnegers) was unlikely to proceed to prosecution due to my word against his. However, PC friend did advise that even with insufficient evidence driver would get a formal talking to, as a PSV driver he should be demonstrating public responsibility etc.
As posted above – too many (any?) warnings = possible retraining / disciplinary / career implications.
To my ongoing regret, I did the decent thing and complained only to the bus co…Posted 6 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I see no point in making a police complaint – but complaining to the bus company is well worth it. I have done so and the bus company certainly seemed to take it seriously to the point of phoning me back after the investigation to tell me the driver had been disciplined
Edinburgh bus drivers have definitely got better over the years – bike awareness is a part of their training. Unless the bus company knows this is an issue they can’t do anything about itPosted 6 years agopslingSubscriber
A bus passing a cyclist then immediately pulling in to a bus stop, a car passing then immediately turning left, a lorry overtaking when it’s not safe to complete the manouevre; all bad driving and likely to cause serious injury or death. Miserable passengers, screaming kids, deadlines to meet – these are not excuses for dangerouse driving and I’m surprised some people on here seem to think they are.Posted 6 years ago
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