A Bristol bus operator who allowed someone else to run his vehicles in a dangerous condition while carrying schoolchildren has been banned from the industry indefinitely.
The operator admitted to DVSA examiners that he’d let another person use his licence.
During an inspection at a school in December last year, vehicle examiners issued immediate prohibitions to three vehicles operated under the licence.
All of the vehicles were immediately dangerous to the passengers and other road users.
Two vehicles had an inoperative driver’s “doors open” warning device, so the driver wouldn’t have been alerted if a child had opened the emergency exit.
The third vehicle was found with the lower deck rear door catches failed and missing to the extent that the door was likely to fly open.
Shockingly, no safety checks had been carried out on vehicles for over a year.
Kevin Rooney, the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England, said the operator had put the lives of children and others at risk by lending his licence to someone else.
The operator didn’t attend a public inquiry into the issues reported by DVSA.
The Traffic Commissioner said he had no hesitation in revoking the operator’s licence and ruling that he’d lost his repute as an operator and transport manager.