Bus drivers want a break

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BUS services in Sheffield ground to a halt when drivers joined colleagues across the country to ‘Stop for a Minute’ as part of trade union Unite’s national campaign for more breaks.

Action affected First South Yorkshire services on Tuesday at 11am.

Unite branch secretary Martin Mayer said: “Current regulations allow Britain’s bus drivers to work continuously without a break for five-and-a-half hours and to take a 24-hour break only once a fortnight. This is bad for public safety and drivers’ health. Fatigue and long hours have been a feature of the bus industry for far too long.”

First declined to comment.