Bus firm’s warning over hours log

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A COMMUNITY transport firm has been issued with a warning after it failed to keep accurate records of the hours its drivers were working.

Lune Valley Transport Enterprise Ltd was called before the North Western Traffic Commissioner following an investigation by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), which found the company did not have acceptable arrangements in place for recording drivers’ hours.

The firm, which is based at Vickers Industrial Estate on Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, was also served with two immediate prohibition notices by VOSA following a visit in 2011, preventing the use of two of its vehicles due to concerns about their roadworthiness.

Lune Valley, which provides buses for local schools, sheltered housing groups and elderly and disabled people, appeared before the North Western Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, on February 6.

She said: “Firms that operate community transport services are legally required to record the hours their drivers work, to ensure the safety of both employees and passengers.

“Officers from VOSA will check that Lune Valley complies with the regulations in future and, if it does not, then I would be perfectly entitled to revoke its permits to run community transport buses.”

See The Visitor (20-03-12) for full story.