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British man blames jet lag from Barbados trip for accident

A British bus driver who injured two passengers when he crashed his double decker has blamed the smash on jet lag from his holiday in Barbados.

Andrew Boyce, 48, was driving the Stagecoach bus in Manchester city the morning after returning from Barbados in August last year when the incident occurred.

It is reported that two poeple were thrown from their seats and suffered minor injuries when Boyce crashed into the back of another Stagecoach bus on Great Ancoats Street.

Boyce told the court he was jaded while working the morning shift, having completed an eight-hour flight from the Caribbean the night before.

Closed Circuit (CCTV) footage from on board the vehicle showed Boyce reading a document when the crash took place on August 28.

Prosecutor Gordon Thompson said the driver told police at the scene he was distracted by the paperwork and took his eyes off the road.

Boyce pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, and was given five penalty points on his driving licence.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 in costs.

The bus company gave him a final warning for the next 12 months. (CMC)

43 Responses to British man blames jet lag from Barbados trip for accident

  1. Henderson Bourne
    Henderson Bourne January 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Dam fool if he knew he had jet lag why did he go to work very poor ha ha ha

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne January 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    He’s a darn fool.

  3. ThickMadame Scantlebury
    ThickMadame Scantlebury January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    First if he was reading a document while driving it was not jet lag it was his carelessness and driving with out due care and attention second the bus company give him his final warning so this is not the first time this happened or he had an accident so he needs to go so with his crappy excuse

  4. Grantley Downes
    Grantley Downes January 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Give me some of what he’s smoking!

  5. Carol Souter
    Carol Souter January 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Jet lag from Barbados what a laugh.. Stupid man.

  6. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart January 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm


  7. Stacey Maund
    Stacey Maund January 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm


  8. Magz Alleyne
    Magz Alleyne January 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The dept of dumb excuses is this way——-> Now go!!! smh

  9. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson January 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    You had a 8 hrs flight and you claim you are jet lag could you not rest on the flight back to london it not jet lag it from all the good night life the country offers

  10. Veronica Carew
    Veronica Carew January 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    He need other vacation lol

  11. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Some people will use any excuse, If you were so so tired after a beautiful trip to Barbados, the sensible thing would be to call in sick, not risk peoples lives because of his stupidity

  12. Asha Barnett
    Asha Barnett January 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    He should’ve stayed home, knowing that he was too tired to drive the bus.

  13. Jewel Small-Robinson
    Jewel Small-Robinson January 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm


  14. Tony Waterman January 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Well !! at least he did NOT blame Barbados for his Crash, he blamed the trip back home. now!!! jet Lag has been around for a long time, and as an “EDUCATED” Englishman, he should have had enough NOT SO COMMON SENSE to have arrived back Home at least a DAY Earlier so that he could have rested up for his first day back at work. he also seems to have lost his Memory also as he seems to have forgotten that they were/Are CCTV Cameras on English Busses. and Yes”ThickMadame Scantlebury” Good for being so Sharp as a Tack, this was not his first skirmish with the Authorities.

    • bob January 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      lol if you think ppl in england might be any more educated, barbados got the upper hand when it comes to that 🙂

  15. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    And this made news, why? He is an idiot and this excuse with the fact that he had the nerve to say it is laughable.

  16. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    He wasn’t jet lagged when he was reading the document. He forgot about the CCTV and made himself look like a complete jackass without a tail. He had no consideration for the safety of the passengers and other road users. And the moron got nerve to mention Barbados for his incompetence. He is very lucky the company gave him a final warning.

  17. Yusuf Hafejee
    Yusuf Hafejee January 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Clearly seem their is nothing interesting to report.

  18. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    He can keep what he was smoking. I ain’ want none. It’s like it does rot yuh brain and turn yuh chupidee.

  19. Antoine Moore
    Antoine Moore January 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So…its our fault and….what- you expect to get some kind of compensation

  20. Janet Clark
    Janet Clark January 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Take responsibility for your actions. Fool.

  21. Mac10 January 18, 2015 at 3:46 pm


    Firstly from Barbados to the UK is a night flight, if he’s working the day he gets back, he’s overly tired to start with. Second, if he’s reading a document & not the road, what do you expect!!!!

  22. Roslyn Wilson
    Roslyn Wilson January 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I do get jet lag every time I fly but I know this is my problem so i always have an extra day off so I can rest before I return to work he have a poor excuse talk about the rum punch

  23. Paulette Mitchell
    Paulette Mitchell January 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    You messed up. Own up to it. You’re lucky you got off light.

  24. Lynette Inniss
    Lynette Inniss January 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Blame it on the butler,the abuse excuse,nice try ,but nobody believe him

  25. Sandra Als-Browne
    Sandra Als-Browne January 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    He is a fool

  26. Vilma Jones
    Vilma Jones January 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm


  27. Bonnie Marton
    Bonnie Marton January 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm


  28. Louise Emma Dash
    Louise Emma Dash January 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    To be fair, that night flight back to u.k is a killer, the time zone difference.. By the time I go to bed, it works out that I have been awake thirty hours… He should never go to work a driving job after that…

  29. Jack Baeur
    Jack Baeur January 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    He was only doin what the BAJANS here like to no matter what they are driving,text or talk and drive which to me is stupid .they never understand til they near kill or kill someone

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce January 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      This nonsense does not only happen in Bim, tt is a world wide human don’t care attitude that some drivers lack common sense, when it comes to driving with due care and attention.

  30. Ali Johannes
    Ali Johannes January 18, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Any smart person would have scheduled their vacation so that they return to work at least 48 hours after getting off that flight. Give your body time to readjust to the changed time zone

  31. Shelly Blackman
    Shelly Blackman January 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm


  32. Ralph White
    Ralph White January 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    If he knew that, well only himself to blame.

  33. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas January 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    he looking for excuses,maybe someone should give him the lyrics to sparrow’s lying excuses

  34. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer January 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This man is a total idiot !

  35. Maria Alleyne January 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Very poor excuse

  36. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke January 19, 2015 at 6:16 am

    You blaming others for your stupidness

  37. Corrine Clinton
    Corrine Clinton January 19, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Seriously that trip is a killer. On one of my trips from England I picked up my car from the Airport and it is only God’s mercy that I am still alive . l crossed from the left lane to the right lane 3 times and as God would have it nothing was coming the other way on these three occasions. The last one shook me up so badly that I trembled all the way home. I swear if there is another occasion when I have to drive I will sit in my car and get a nap first. He should have taken the day off. I won’t bash him but its dangerous.

  38. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams January 19, 2015 at 8:02 am

    So why is this news

  39. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen January 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    could be right ….. but then he shouldn’t have been driving his bus ……

  40. Sandra Norville
    Sandra Norville January 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    blame your self sir not any body else k

  41. Blackrose January 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Jet-lag! Is he stupid???? If you had jet-lag you would not be able to drive the people bus for a couple hours until you have had some rest fool. You could not find anything else to blame your carelessness on and you blame Barbados. B
    e very vigilant on the road and especially with people lives. If you want to read, wait until you come to the end of your destination and do that. People’s lives are not replaceable.


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