A MORAY coach company has been ordered to cut the number of buses it puts on the road, after being told by Scotland’s traffic commissioner that its actions have let her down "in a very bad way".
Traffic commissioner Joan Aitken told the directors of Deveron Coaches, after they appeared at a third public inquiry relating to their bus operator’s licence, that they must reduce the number of vehicles they run from 58 to 42.
The company has depots in both Buckie and Macduff.
Miss Aitken’s ruling, which takes effect on November 16 this year, came after an investigation by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
According to the ruling, the VOSA investigation revealed that drivers had taken insufficient daily and weekly rest, insufficient rest in 24 hour and 30 hour periods, exceeded 4.5 hours driving without taking a break, and made false entries on their tachographs.
She also drew attention to two specific incidents, one in which a driver had insufficient rest when driving a group of Moray Girl Guides to Glasgow, and another in which a different driver obtained the help of a farmer to move his bus from a ditch with a tractor, while school pupils were still on board.
This incident found its way onto YouTube, having been filmed by students.
For more on this story, see this Friday's 'Northern Scot'