After a public inquiry operators can either take decisive action to make sure it doesn’t happen again or take the very real risk of making the situation much worse by doing nithing, As Mike Morgan discovers, Premier Coaches chose the former.
A North-East businessman yesterday claimed the coach business he rebuilt cost more than £200,00 has been “discriminated against” because of its past history under different ownership.
Alan Findlater’s comments came after traffic commissioners confirmed Premier Coaches Kintore Ltd. would not be allowed to expand its fleet until April. An enquiry found conditions on a licence granted to the new business had not been fully met. “I do feel the business is being discriminated against because of its past history” said Mr Findlater who took over the former Keirs coaches in November 2009. Keirs operators licence was revoked in March of that year after a Vehicle and Operator services Association (Vosa) described a bus the firm had used to transport Alford Academy pupils as “The worst public-service vehicle” he had come across in twelve and a half years in the job. The Kintore firm went into liquidation.
An Aberdeenshire coach company once branded the “worst” an inspector had seen has undergone a remarkable turnaround under new ownership. The former Keirs Coaches (Kintore) was taken over by Kemnay Businessman Alan Findlater in November 2009 after the firms liscence was revoke in March of that year. An examiner from the vehicle and operator services agency (Vosa) described a bus that it used to transport pupils to Alford Academy as the “worst public service vehicle” he had come across on his twelve and a half years in the job.