Bus driver in Manchester who lost her job for being 'too short' is reinstated

Go North West made changes to their vehicles which meant that Tracey could no longer “reach the pedals to drive” without a blind spot appearing.

A long-serving bus driver in Manchester who lost her job after being deemed 'too short' to drive buses safely, has been reinstated.

Tracey Scholes who is 5ft, said changes to the design on Go North West vehicles meant that she could not see through wing mirrors.

The 57-year-old, who had worked at the company for 34 years and was among the first to take on the role in Greater Manchester, was given her notice in November after turning down alternative offers from her employer.

Tracey made a second appeal on 11 January, to keep her current hours - which would mean working just one extra hour a day. Credit: ITV News

Go North West made changes to their vehicles which meant she could no longer "reach the pedals to drive" without a blind spot appearing.Tracey made a desperate appeal for her job on 11 January after being handed her notice, and now a spokesperson for the bus firm has said they are "pleased" to say that Tracey, a valued and long serving driver, is to stay with Go North West.

The company says Tracey will be back on the buses this week, after she decided to accept an offer to drive different buses that was "originally put forward by the company four months ago".

Go North West say that Tracey will be back at work this week. Credit: MEN Media

Go North West's HR director Scott Maynard said: "We have said from the start that we wanted to keep Tracey and we are glad that she has changed her mind and decided to stay. Dedicated, experienced, hard-working drivers are difficult to find and the industry is experiencing a shortage of drivers nationwide. 

"A deeply misleading campaign over recent weeks has alleged that this case revolved around height. The company operates no height restrictions on recruitment, and has multiple drivers of the same height, or below, as Tracey. It is categorically untrue that we would, or could, have threatened anybody with dismissal on grounds of height."

In December, Unite claims that bosses ruled that Tracey no longer had the 'capability' to safely drive their buses and offered her an alternative role at the company, but for less hours and pay. However she declined the offer and was given 12 weeks notice, a decision which she appealed.

Thousands signed a petition calling for Mrs Scholes to be reinstated and supporters gathered outside the Queens Road bus depot in Cheetham Hill where the appeal hearing took place last week.