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Blackpool bus drivers told to lose weight

A bus company which is allegedly disciplining two drivers unless they lose weight has been condemned.

The drivers from Blackpool Transport have been told to lose seven pounds (3kg) each in four weeks.

Councillor Simon Blackburn, leader of the Labour Group on Blackpool Council, called the firm's management "heavy handed".

Blackpool Transport said it was acting on medical advice in the interests of customer safety.

'Sensitive issues'

Mr Blackburn told the BBC, "I think it's absolutely dreadful."

He added, "It is very heavy-handed management."

Mr Blackburn said managers should have tried to be supportive and looked to help the drivers.

He said he understood that the men weighed about 19 stone (120kg) and 20 stone (127kg) respectively.

Labour's representative on the company's board will be raising the issue at a board meeting on Friday.

"It is not on the agenda but we have contacted other board members to raise the issue," said Mr Blackburn.

A statement from Blackpool Transport said, "Following professional medical advice the company is dealing with some sensitive and personal issues confidentially with some individual members of staff through internal procedures so that our customers and staff are not put at risk."

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