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In 2011 a bus driver in the U.K. was intentionally running down a bicyclist and ramming him. The driver ended up getting sentenced to 17 months in jail. It was a moment captured on video. The shocking online video shows the driver swerving into a cyclist. The two had apparently gotten into and argument while driving down the road. The judge had some stern words for the driver, "You used the vehicle as a weapon to bully and intimidate". It was said to be a "moment of madness".
A bus driver, operator or omnibus driver is a person who drives buses professionally. Drivers typically drive their vehicles between stations or stops. They often drop off and pick up passengers on a predetermined route schedule. In British English a different term, coach driver or captain, is used for drivers on long-distance routes, tours and school trips. There are various types of bus drivers, including those who work for both public and private enterprise, such as charter companies. Coach captains in Australia are frequently free-lance sub-contractors, who work for various companies.
One famous incident involving a bus driver during the period of racial segregation in the United States was in 1955 when Montgomery, Alabama bus driver James F. Blake insisted that Rosa Parks give up her seat for a white male, and she refused; this began a bus boycott that ultimately ended segregation on public transportation in the United States of America.
Riding BoltBus, Megabus and other discount coach lines costs less for average trips between the largest 50 U.S. cities than taking a train, plane or car, a DePaul University transportation institute study found. Bus riders save 52 percent compared with trips by rail on the same itinerary, and pay 79 percent less than airline fliers, according to the report released today by DePaul's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development in Chicago. On trips of 80 miles to 500 miles, the riders pay 38 percent less than automobile drivers, the study concluded.