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Nov 12, 2012

Suspension lifted for operation that caused child to be flung from bus

A formal inspection of a fleet of nine buses, belonging to Godwin Haylock Senior, concluded this morning at the Novelos Bus Terminal, following a brief suspension in the wake of a near-fatal traffic mishap on October thirty-first.  The incident, which almost claimed the life of nine year-old Martin Noble, a primary school student, who was tossed from the rear of an overcrowded bus en route to Ladyville, has once again raised safety concerns among commuters using the public transportation system.  The line, which was grounded for one week, failed initial inspection on Friday, forcing its proprietor to address standard issues of road-worthiness before being re-evaluated today.  While there are still minor problems regarding frayed upholstery, Haylock’s Bus Service was once again green lighted for daily runs to and from Belama and Ladyville; services that are expected to resume as early as Tuesday. 


Crispin Jeffries, Transport Department

“The inspection was conducted from about ten o’clock this morning until just about a few minutes ago.  We are satisfied that most of the buses presented here today are the buses that will be on the run and we believe that they are road-worthy enough to continue the two runs that they are doing, one out of the Belama area and the other out of the Lord’s Bank area.”


Isani Cayetano

Crispin Jeffries

“My understanding is that the inspection had began on Friday; however, it wasn’t satisfactory.  Can you tell us what’s the way forward with [regards to] this particular issue?”


Crispin Jeffries

“Yes.  We did an inspection on Friday and we realized that Mr. Haylock had two runs, one out of Belama and the other out of Lord’s Bank.  The two runs had him using approximately four buses per run.  At the Friday inspection only five buses were presented, that was unsatisfactory and we asked him to return today to continue the inspection when all nine buses that he has currently on the run would have been presented.  That was done.  We are satisfied that the buses are road-worthy.  There might be some interior matters relating to the condition of the seats that we’ve asked him to address.  But, other than that, they are fully insured, fully covered, mechanically sound and are able to operate.  We believe that he has passed this inspection and we’ll be looking at others to do the same.”


While business resumes normalcy for Haylock, the family of Martin Noble, who is still recovering from the ordeal, has expressed an interest in pursuing legal action against the bus owner.  News Five understands that a civil suit for damages amounting to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars will be filed against Haylock in the Supreme Court.

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1 Response for “Suspension lifted for operation that caused child to be flung from bus”

  1. Storm says:

    “Road worthy enough” is not a ringing endorsement.

    But at least we know that the Haylock buses have been inspected, which we cannot say about any other buses in the Jewel.

    I think our Transportation Ministry is derelict in performing its duties. Bus transport is vital in the Jewel, and the Ministry should have a program to ensure that ALL buses are inspected on regular and frequent schedules. Why does that not happen?

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