Spare tyre driver back on the bus

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AN OBESE bus driver who was too fat to get be­hind the wheel has re­turned to his job af­ter shed­ding 50 pounds!

Neil Collins, 51, was deemed too fat at 22 stone ( above) to drive pas­sen­gers around his home­town of New­port, South Wales.

A rou­tine med­i­cal last year found he was three stone over the rec­om­mended limit for a driver’s com­fort and well-be­ing.

New­port Bus could have sacked Neil, but in­stead helped him lose the weight so he could keep his job of 11 years.

Colin said: “I feel so much fit­ter and health­ier. I cut out foods like pies, chips, crisps and bread.

“Peo­ple say they don’t recog­nise me from what I used to look like.

“I’m so happy to be back as a bus driver again and grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity New­port Bus gave me.”

Scott Pear­son, MD of New­port Trans­port, said: “ Be­ing a bus driver meant a lot to Neil and we wanted to make sure that he could keep do­ing the job he loved.”

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