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Translink refuse driver’s application for being too fat

The News Letter reports:

TRANSLINK has defended its decision to refuse a woman who applied to be a bus driver on the grounds that she is deemed too fat.
The woman, who weighs around 12 stone, has the PSV licence required to drive a large vehicle and has spent 20 years driving buses in England.

When she responded to a Translink recruitment drive to increase the number of women bus drivers, the publicly-owned company told her that she had not been selected.

When she queried why she had been turned down despite her extensive experience, Translink said she would be reconsidered in six months if she lost weight.

Translink said it applied the controversial body mass index or BMI, which uses a person’s height and weight to decide if they are overweight, and the woman failed that part of its medical test.

Of course, Dublin Bus have a different way of handling this problem.

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