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Bus driver sacked ‘for being too short’ to drive bus safely gets job back after public outcry

Tracey Scholes has been reinstated after reportedly accepting a new offer (Picture: MEN Media)

A woman who lost her job after she was deemed ‘too short’ to drive buses after more than 34 years has been reinstated.

Tracey Scholes, who is five feet tall, was the first and only female driver at the Queens Road depot in Greater Manchester when she started in 1987.

But the 57-year-old, from Heywood, was given three months’ notice to leave her job in November because she apparently no longer had the ‘capability’ to drive the buses.

She said this was because the bus company, Go North West Ltd, had made changes to the position of wing mirrors on its vehicles which meant she could no longer ‘reach the pedals to drive’ without a blind spot appearing.

The sun 'once had rings - just like Saturn', claim scientists, and other top stories from January 18, 2022. After going public with her predicament, more than 25,000 people signed a petition calling for Go North West to keep her on.

Tracey then made one final appeal to be allowed to keep her job on January 11 – a bid that worked.

Now she has been reinstated after reportedly accepting an offer on a new proposal, Go North West has said.

Scott Maynard, the firm’s group HR director, told the BBC the company was pleased that a ‘valued and long serving driver’ was to stay with Go North West.

He said the move had come after Tracey ‘decided to accept an offer to drive different buses as per a proposal made in September’.

Tracey will start earlier to allow her to pick up a bus with wing mirrors of her preference.

Her weekly hours and rate of pay will not change, the BBC reported.

‘We have said from the start that we wanted to keep Tracey and we are glad that she has changed her mind and decided to stay,’ Mr Maynard said.

‘The company operates no height restrictions on recruitment, and has multiple drivers of the same height, or below, as Tracey.

‘It is categorically untrue that we would, or could, have threatened anybody with dismissal on grounds of height.’

Go North West Ltd said it was pleased to have a ‘valued and long-serving driver’ back on its team (Picture: MEN Media)

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