Oxfordshire school bus checks reveal driver had no licence

A driver without a licence and a vehicle with only one gear were among the problems found by police spot checks on Oxfordshire school buses.

Officers checked 12 buses in Abingdon on Monday as part of Operation Coachman and issues were identified with six.

Three had failed to display a "school bus" sign, but one driver had no licence, one was not licensed to drive a coach and one bus had one gear.

Oxfordshire County Council said it would investigate each case.

The unlicensed motorist was driving a county council minibus, and police said he was unaware his licence had been revoked in 2007.

In the case of the bus with one gear, the driver told officers the fault occurred shortly before police stopped him.

A council spokesman said: "We will look into the circumstances of the cases outlined.

"However, Operation Coachman has not led to any major safety issues that have led to buses having to be taken off the road."

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