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Passengers stranded in Rotherham 'gay bus' row: VOTE

Published date: 16 November 2012 | Published by: Tom Sharpe

A bus carrying a similar poster to the one the Rotherham driver objected to.

BUS operator First Group has had to apologise to passengers after one of its drivers refused to drive a bus with a gay rights message down the side of it.

The company will not say what action has been taken against the man, but a spokesman said: We are aware of an incident involving one of our drivers refusing to drive a bus at Rotherham Interchange.
“We have spoken to the driver in question and the matter has now been resolved.

“We would like to apologise to any customers that were affected during this isolated incident.”

Passengers on the X78 Rotherham to Sheffield service had to wait 20 minutes before a new driver took the controls.

The slogan, for gay rights group Stonewall read: ““Some people are gay. Get over it!”

Stonewall information officer Louise Kelly said: “Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do — drive buses.

“If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.”

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