A BUS driver who ploughed into five parked cars had only just been employed at the public transport company.

Police and Roads and Maritime Service raided Hillsbus depots in Northmead, Seven Hills and Dural yesterday after one of the company’s buses hit five cars at Northmead on Wednesday.

Police and Road and Maritime Service officers direct Hillsbus drivers to a checking point where drivers are subjected to drug and alcohol tests. Picture: Cameron Richardson

Police and Road and Maritime Service officers direct Hillsbus drivers to a checking point where drivers are subjected to drug and alcohol tests. Picture: Cameron Richardson

Traffic Command Inspector Robert Toynton said the 44-year-old male driver had been employed for “a couple weeks” when he lost control of the bus and hit parked cars, landing on top of an SUV on Boundary Rd, near Kleins St.

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Police officers at the Hills Bus depot at Northmead. Picture: Leigh van den Broeke

He said investigators were awaiting blood test results to determine if the driver had any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time.

Yesterday’s raid was about gathering his fatigue management records from Hillsbus’ parent company, ComfortDelgro Cabcharge.

“We will look at if alcohol or drugs were a factor and also whether fatigue was a factor,” Insp Toynton said.

He said investigators were awaiting blood test results to determine if the driver had any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time.

Yesterday’s raid was about gathering his fatigue management records from Hillsbus’ parent company, ComfortDelgro Cabcharge.

“We will look at if alcohol or drugs were a factor and also whether fatigue was a factor,” Insp Toynton said.

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The bus smashed into five cars on Boundary Rd Northmead yesterday. No on was injured.

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One of the damaged cars on Boundary Road Northmead. Picture: Phillip Rogers

“The accident is still under investigation but I can say it was a miracle no one was hurt. It was just lucky.”

During the raid, police and RMS checked 155 buses, issued one major and seven minor defect notices. All 122 drivers tested negative for alcohol and drugs.

“The results are somewhat pleasing,” Insp Toynton said.

A Hillsbus spokesman said the company was “co-operating fully” with police and RMS.

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The crash triggered an investigation into Hillsbus. Picture: Phillip Rogers

“Hillsbus understands that public confidence in the safety of bus services is paramount,” he said. “Hillsbus is pleased that police have informed the company that no significant issues were found.”

Transport Workers Union NSW Sydney sub-branch secretary Mick Pieri said bus driver fatigue was a major issue.

“Car drivers are told to stop, revive and survive every two hours but the state government is happy for bus drivers carrying our kids and commuters to stay behind the wheel for up to five hours without a break,” he said.

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Police are still investigating the crash.

 

Transport Workers' Union NSW
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