AS a passenger on public transport I am constantly aware of the need to protect all drivers who serve the company.

Masks are worn at all times, seats at the front of the bus are cordoned off to maintain the two metre rule in respect of the drivers and I have witnessed passengers being prevented from getting on buses for not having the correct change, thereby preventing the chance of contracting the virus by coinage.

How is it then that when coming out of Durham Bus Station on North Road my eyes are immediately drawn to a group of drivers on their break opposite the station standing with no masks on, no social distancing, smoking, laughing, chatting?

Shaun Ryan, Shotton Colliery.