Bus operator failed in duty

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A bus operator has had his licence restricted following an inquiry by the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland.

Vision Travel will be restricted to four vehicles from October 19 this year following the decision. The company had originally sought to increase its fleet from eight vehicles to 12.

The Traffic Commissioner made her ruling after concluding Mr John Campbell had deliberately failed to keep proper records of drivers’ duties; with-held records from a traffic examiner; encouraged drivers to drive without using tachograph charts and failed to ensure drivers kept a full record.

Vision Travel trades from Mill Road Industrial Estate, Linlithgow, and carries out work for Falkirk Council, schools and private work.

Two drivers, William Burnett, of Bridgeness Road, Bo’ness, and Paul Reville, of Avon Drive, Linlithgow Bridge, were suspended from driving professionally for three months. Eric Rillie, McGregor Pend, Prestonpans, was given a warning.

Miss Aitken noted the absence of proper records was done to allow drivers on school contracts to avoid recording their hours and create the impression that they had available hours when they should have been taking rests or breaks.

She said this was “endemic to how John Campbell conducted his business.”

The regulator also heard evidence of vehicle defects and MOT failures.

The Traffic Commissioner said: “Mr Campbell has cut corners in the way he has organised his business putting his financial interests ahead and personal business methods ahead of complying with his licence.

‘‘Councils, schools, parents all want to be sure that those driving school buses and coach trips are properly rested and able to concentrate on their duties. John Campbell could not demonstrate his drivers were properly rested, taking breaks and properly rostered.”