A BOY aged 10 was left to walk home from school – because he was 1p short of his bus fare.
Colby Regis discovered he had lost 1p of his bus fare as he tried to get the bus on Keldregate for a two-mile journey home.
But the bus driver wouldn’t let him on without the correct fare – which First bus have confirmed goes against its policy.
Colby’s mum, Maria Regis, says a week earlier, the bus driver had no change and Colby had to pay £1 instead of the usual 95p fare.
She complained to First bus after a friend, who is a bus driver, told her that it was drilled into them never to leave a child behind.
Yet she felt ‘fobbed off’ and was told she wouldn’t find out the results of an internal inquiry.
The Birkby mother said: “I just want some reassurance that this won’t happen again for the sake of 1p.
“With a young girl missing in Wales I dread to think of what could have happened.”
Colby attends St Thomas Primary School in Bradley and gets the 328 bus.
Last Wednesday he stayed behind for a basketball after-school club and then went for the bus on Keldregate at around 4.30pm.
Maria added: “He told the driver but he wouldn’t even let him on the bus.
“There were two other children but they both had bus passes and didn’t have any money.
“Because he’s not allowed a phone at school he couldn’t contact me so he started walking home.
“Luckily as he was walking through Deighton a family friend spotted him and brought him home.
“I’ve only just begun letting him get the bus– he’s going to high school next year and he needs some experience of getting the bus to school.
“But he was quite distressed and I’m just disgusted it happened. I can’t believe it was over 1p.”
A First spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear that the parent of one of our young customers has felt the need to complain.
“As this matter has only just been reported to us we have not had time to begin an investigation.
“We will now look into this allegation. This will include speaking to the driver in question to get his version of events.
“First has a stringent policy on the issue of young and vulnerable people. When a young person genuinely does not have the correct fare then our drivers are asked to make a note of their details and then to let them on the bus for their journey home”.