Yellow Buses: we need more women drivers!

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses: we need more women drivers! Yellow Buses: we need more women drivers!

YELLOW Buses is launching a drive today to get more women behind the wheel of its vehicles.

The Bournemouth-based firm said that the tide was slowly turning in the male-dominated profession and it now had almost 30 female drivers.

But, as a firm with around 350 drivers in all, it wants to up those numbers, believing that a better balance of male and female drivers will help it improve its service.

Today, it is holding an open day at its Yeomans Road depot between 1pm and 7pm.

One of the female contingent, Vanessa Knowling, 38, was a UK Bus Awards finalist.

She said: “I had never thought about driving a bus, but I filled in the application form and went for an interview and then I started training. During the training they said that with some of the elderly you might be the only person who speaks to them all day and the job is as much about making people happy as anything else.”

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4:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.
Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak. tramp_about_town
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5:28pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Controversial But True says...

.....and more drivers that can tell the time!
.....and more drivers that can tell the time! Controversial But True
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5:45pm Wed 23 Jan 13

renea says...

tramp_about_town wrote:
Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.
completely agree, as a woman I would rather have a bus driver who is competent and I know I am safe than worry about whether yellow buses have filled their quota of women drivers.
[quote][p][bold]tramp_about_town[/bold] wrote: Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.[/p][/quote]completely agree, as a woman I would rather have a bus driver who is competent and I know I am safe than worry about whether yellow buses have filled their quota of women drivers. renea
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6:32pm Wed 23 Jan 13

muscliffman says...

Controversial But True wrote:
.....and more drivers that can tell the time!
Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this.

On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so).

What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: .....and more drivers that can tell the time![/p][/quote]Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this. On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so). What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses? muscliffman
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7:27pm Wed 23 Jan 13

WannabePM says...

tramp_about_town wrote:
Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.
Nowhere does it say that the jobs aren't given on merit. The story is about encouraging more women to apply. it is you, tramp, that is making the assumption that women applicants will be given preference. MCP?
[quote][p][bold]tramp_about_town[/bold] wrote: Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say that the jobs aren't given on merit. The story is about encouraging more women to apply. it is you, tramp, that is making the assumption that women applicants will be given preference. MCP? WannabePM
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7:29pm Wed 23 Jan 13

WannabePM says...

muscliffman wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
.....and more drivers that can tell the time!
Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this.

On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so).

What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?
Muscliffe, I think contro's comment was a lighthearted joke. Calm Down Dear, to quote a recently departed celebrity.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: .....and more drivers that can tell the time![/p][/quote]Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this. On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so). What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?[/p][/quote]Muscliffe, I think contro's comment was a lighthearted joke. Calm Down Dear, to quote a recently departed celebrity. WannabePM
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8:19pm Wed 23 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

WannabePM wrote:
tramp_about_town wrote:
Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.
Nowhere does it say that the jobs aren't given on merit. The story is about encouraging more women to apply. it is you, tramp, that is making the assumption that women applicants will be given preference. MCP?
By targeting, no sorry, "encouraging" a particular group to apply, you may be missing out on talent in other groups and therefore the best people for the job. "Encouragement" should be equal. Employing one particular "encouraged" group "on merit" is not the same as employing people on merit.
[quote][p][bold]WannabePM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tramp_about_town[/bold] wrote: Jobs should be given on merit and not some politically correct agenda. Sexist claptrap hidden behind a "positive discrimination", balance for the company cloak.[/p][/quote]Nowhere does it say that the jobs aren't given on merit. The story is about encouraging more women to apply. it is you, tramp, that is making the assumption that women applicants will be given preference. MCP?[/p][/quote]By targeting, no sorry, "encouraging" a particular group to apply, you may be missing out on talent in other groups and therefore the best people for the job. "Encouragement" should be equal. Employing one particular "encouraged" group "on merit" is not the same as employing people on merit. tramp_about_town
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11:17pm Wed 23 Jan 13

muscliffman says...

WannabePM wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
.....and more drivers that can tell the time!
Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this.

On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so).

What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?
Muscliffe, I think contro's comment was a lighthearted joke. Calm Down Dear, to quote a recently departed celebrity.
Loving the quote, RIP Michael indeed - and I am sure he would have a view similar to mine on this!!.

But if this 'dig' by 'contro.' was light hearted I certainly missed that.

Especially as bus drivers on the road are certainly exposed to verbal abuse for timing issues over which they have no direct control.
[quote][p][bold]WannabePM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: .....and more drivers that can tell the time![/p][/quote]Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this. On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so). What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?[/p][/quote]Muscliffe, I think contro's comment was a lighthearted joke. Calm Down Dear, to quote a recently departed celebrity.[/p][/quote]Loving the quote, RIP Michael indeed - and I am sure he would have a view similar to mine on this!!. But if this 'dig' by 'contro.' was light hearted I certainly missed that. Especially as bus drivers on the road are certainly exposed to verbal abuse for timing issues over which they have no direct control. muscliffman
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7:00am Thu 24 Jan 13

nosuchluck54 says...

Usual response from the Bournemouth moaners and groaners over a simple comment,it would give Yellow Buses a welcomed make over to replace half their driving staff who are grumpy looking male drivers (they could go and work in lost property out of the way) with upbeat females with twice the character and certainly more pleasant to deal with
Usual response from the Bournemouth moaners and groaners over a simple comment,it would give Yellow Buses a welcomed make over to replace half their driving staff who are grumpy looking male drivers (they could go and work in lost property out of the way) with upbeat females with twice the character and certainly more pleasant to deal with nosuchluck54
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1:56pm Thu 24 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

muscliffman wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
.....and more drivers that can tell the time!
Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this.

On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so).

What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?
That is the alleged point of 'positive discrimination'.

It assumes that certain individuals already start from a point of disadvantage and therefore to 'even things up' they are given additional credit for simply being part of that qualifying group of individuals.

Fair? Of course not but that is todays "we must all love each other and be blind to gender, age, race or hair colour", irrespective of the problems this in itself will cause.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: .....and more drivers that can tell the time![/p][/quote]Really, what a silly comment. Try being a bus driver in today's traffic conditions. They do their best to keep to time and do not benefit from running late - they just suffer ignorance like this. On subject though, I do not like this sort of 'positive discrimination' at all. Does this mean a qualified male is less likely to be employed by Yellow Buses because he is a 'he'? (It appears so). What has happened to your 'Equal Opportunities' and 'Equality' policies at Yellow Buses?[/p][/quote]That is the alleged point of 'positive discrimination'. It assumes that certain individuals already start from a point of disadvantage and therefore to 'even things up' they are given additional credit for simply being part of that qualifying group of individuals. Fair? Of course not but that is todays "we must all love each other and be blind to gender, age, race or hair colour", irrespective of the problems this in itself will cause. scrumpyjack
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1:57pm Thu 24 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

On a lighter note, do me a favour love..
On a lighter note, do me a favour love.. scrumpyjack
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