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Wife of bus driver involved in fatal crash which killed teenage girl convicted of driving offences

Paula Parker stood trial at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court Credit: BPM Media

The wife of a bus driver who was involved in a fatal collision with a 15-year-old girl has been convicted of driving offences.

Paula Parker was the transport manager for the family business, Rigley’s Hire Limited.

Appearing at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (31 October) she was convicted of using, causing and permitting no insurance and using, causing and permitting no driving licence.

The 54-year-old, of Coalville, was ordered to pay £210 in total, and was given eight penalty points on her driving license.

Mrs Parker stood trial after a double decker bus, driven by her husband Michael John Parker, collided with Sian Ellis on Meadow Lane, in Leicestershire, at 3.30pm on 28 January.

The 62-year-old appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 26 September and plead guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance and carrying passengers to danger.

The bus driver was given a four year driving disqualification and fined £235.

The couple have been banned indefinitely from holding an operator’s licence Credit: BPM Media

The couple have been banned indefinitely from holding an operator’s licence, a licence which is needed to operate any kind of commercial haulage or bus company.

The double decker bus Mr Parker had driven on the day of the collision operated a commercial service in the Coalville area.

As he drove along Meadow Lane after collecting a full bus of children, he collided Sian Ellis, who died at the scene.

Inquiries carried out by police found that Michael John Parker only had a provisional licence.

It was also found that he was carrying more than the maximum number of passengers on the bus and that a small number of children were standing near to the lower level windscreen.

“The joint police and Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) investigation following the collision found that Mr and Mrs Parker didn’t have the sufficient licences and insurance and were therefore operating illegally.

“I am satisfied that the courts and Traffic Commissioner have taken the relevant action to remove the defendants from the roads making the roads safer for other road users and cease their unlawful transport operation.”

– Detective Sergeant Gary Haines, who led the investigation

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