Traffic commissioner warns bus company

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Scotland’s traffic commissioner, Joan Aitken, has given a bus firm which operates in Brechin, Arbroath and Friockheim a formal warning.

Teejay Travel Ltd went before the regulator on June 21, following an investigation into the company’s maintenance standards.

The public inquiry was called after the traffic commissioner received an adverse report from a Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) examiner who found that routine safety inspections, which should have taken place every six weeks, had not been completed on time.

He also reported issues with some of the company’s paperwork and said the MOT pass rate was poor.

It was also detailed that a warning letter had been issued to the firm in 2009, following an earlier unsatisfactory investigation.

During the inquiry, one of the company’s directors, Thomas Jordan, admitted that he had not been on top of things and had delegated many of the maintenance responsibilities to his mechanic.

He had taken the advice of the VOSA officer, including changing his routine safety inspections so they are carried out more frequently.

Miss Aitken also noted that the company had commissioned an audit of its procedures and their mechanic had been sent on a VOSA inspection training course.

Issuing a warning against the operator’s licence held by Teejay Travel Ltd, the Traffic Commissioner said: “There have been two maintenance investigations here.

“This is a preventative jurisdiction and the licence undertakings and VOSA advice are there to ensure compliance.

“The annual test rate was not good and reflects on the quality of the mechanics.

“Fortunately, the latest vehicle to be presented passed first time. Fortunately, there is no prohibition history of any seriousness. Had there been I would have to restrict the authorisation on the licence.

“I am prepared to believe that Mr Jordan is serious about his responsibilities and that for a short time he took his eye off the ball, to use his words.

“This public inquiry can serve as a salutary experience and appears to have had the necessary effect of concentrating minds.

“Therefore, I shall not take action which affects the current authorisation and I conclude this Inquiry with a warning. A warning at Public Inquiry has to be heeded.”