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School bus driver has licence suspended over phone use

An Aberdeenshire school bus driver has had his licence suspended for using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel.

Greig Elrick, of Cuminestown, was previously fined £500 and received three penalty points.

Elrick was driving children home from Oldmeldrum Academy when the offence happened, after a depot manager phoned him.

The Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken, has now suspended his licence for eight weeks.

He had been called to a driver conduct hearing earlier this month following his conviction at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in December.

The suspension took account of his "previous good conduct and long years as a bus and coach driver", as well as him recognising the seriousness of his actions.

Kineil Coaches Ltd of Fraserburgh will be asked to explain why one of its drivers was phoned on a school run.

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