Case 369 – Job advert stated bus drivers weight must be below 18 stone


The enquirer was recently looking at jobs and a bus company said that due to new Health and Safety rules all new bus driver recruits must be below 18 stone in weight.

Panel opinion

There are no rules in health and safety legislation or in vehicle standards regulations which place weight limits on people driving buses. If such a “rule” exists it is a company policy and they should clearly explain their reasons for it not leave potential applicants to infer that it’s a “safety rule” imposed by others.

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