Aarhus bus driver faces drink driving charges after abandoning vehicle

A 49-year-old bus driver in Aarhus faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol after unsafely operating a vehicle in the centre of the city.

Aarhus bus driver faces drink driving charges after abandoning vehicle
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The driver is reported to have caused danger to himself and others by driving a 2A bus in an inebriated state, East Jutland Police said.

“The driver undertook several abrupt braking manoeuvres close to cyclists and hit a tree with the wing mirror. Based on this, a passenger asked the driver to stop the bus,” lead duty officer Peter Halstrøm told TV2 Østjylland.

After bringing the bus to a stop at St. Mark’s Church near the Vesterbro Torv square, the driver got out of the bus and staggered on the street.

“One of the passengers followed the driver and, shortly afterwards, a patrol car arrested him and took him to the police station,” Halstrøm said.

The duty police officer would not give details on the driver’s blood alcohol level but said he will face DUI charges and that police will further investigate the matter.

No passengers were harmed during the incident.

A spokesperson for Aarhus Sporveje, the company that operates the city's buses, expressed regret over the situation but said it had not yet had contact with the driver, since he was still in police custody.

“We have only information from the police, and will contact them (on Wednesday) to find out what is going on. We want to better understand what they intend to do,” Aarhus Sporveje head of PR Bjarne Larsen told TV2 Østjylland.

“One thing is absolutely certain, that it is unacceptable to leave a bus full of passengers in the centre of Aarhus. But the driver must be given the chance to explain before we make any hasty decisions,” Larsen added.

Drivers are obliged to contact the company’s central switchboard if they are in a situation they feel unable to control, the communications manager explained.

“That did not happen here, and we must find out why,” he said.

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Iconic Copenhagen bus service gets CO2 neutral replacement

The 5A bus, a Copenhagen institution that has ferried the city’s citizens across town for several decades, has been usurped by a greener, bluer replacement.

Iconic Copenhagen bus service gets CO2 neutral replacement
The new buses ready to be rolled out at Copenhagen's city hall. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix

The route, which traverses the Danish capital from Husum Torv to Sundbyvester, is known for its packed insides and somewhat polluted trails. With several departures every hour throughout the day, the 5A plying its route is an almost ubiquitous sight in the city – until today.

Originally introduced as a tram line in 1903, route 5 now sees its long-running 5A buses replaced with newer, more eco-friendly models.

The new bus is launched 45 years to the day after the first diesel buses began to operate the number 5 route. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix

The all-change to the ageing line is made complete with a new letter – it now becomes the 5C – and extensions to its route.

The new buses, which are five metres longer than their predecessors, are CO2 neutral and run on biogases, reports newspaper Politiken.

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Nitrous oxide and particle omissions will be reduced significantly by the new buses.

Passengers will be able to use all five doors to enter and exit the bus, paying with Denmark’s Rejsekort prepayment system, and have space for 147 passengers – an increase of 82 compared with the old buses that will surely reduce the uncomfortable crowding on the line.

The 5A bus transported 20 million passengers last year, reports Politiken – only 6.6 million fewer than the total number of passengers passing through Copenhagen Airport in the same period.

A 24-hour service will also be introduced for the 5C, which will depart up to eight times per hour at peak times. 

The 'eclectic' red leather seats of the old 5A have also bee upgraded to something a little lighter on the eye. Photo :Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix