I HAVE followed stories in the Gazette regarding bus drivers' urinating habits with some interest, and I see the subject has been raised again (Outraged father takes pictures of a bus driver using bushes as a toilet, Uxbridge and West Drayton Gazette, November 11).
I live in Hayes and frequently walk or drive past the bus station on Uxbridge Road adjacent to the Hayes bypass, where there are often several 207 and 274 buses, and it is not unusual to see the drivers relieving themselves through the railings on the waste ground. I find the practice
in public to be disgusting but, never the less, I have some sympathy with their plight. What are they supposed to do in response to the calls of nature?
Surely either the Greater London Authority (GLA) or the bus companies should be capable of building a small toilet block for the use of their drivers. There could be a key in the bus, in a situation where it was convenient, or, dare I say it, the GLA could provide a small public convenience.
In view of the amount of money being wasted on yet more cameras and other such things, I feel sure the outlay would be minimal. And the results would, I feel sure, be appreciated by both the drivers and the public in general.
Hayes Via email