Losing their grip (Douglas Young)
In the late 1970s we drove school buses with over 40 bairns onboard, over single-track roads covered with snow and ice.
We were given support from the SIC and their gritting teams who went beyond the call of duty from before dawn until whenever. They worked in some atrocious conditions where even ploughs got stuck, and would clear roads, including side roads, prior to the schools coming out, since most bairns do not live on the A970. The SIC had 1,500 employees to serve 23,000 people.
The SIC is now cutting this vital, front-line service, and although the population remains the same the SIC has 4,000 employees on its payroll. It is not just drivers who are losing their grip.