3D Travel school contracts suspended after DVSA investigation

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3D Travel of Cleator Moor, Cumbria, has had its school contracts suspended after a number of faults were found on its vehicles, the News and Star reported.

A routine inspection by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) discovered defective brakes, tyre damage, a fuel leak and an insecure door on several vehicles owned by the operator.

As a result, Cumbria County Council temporarily suspended its school transport contract with the company.

Inspectors from the DVSA carried out assessments on around 14 vehicles at five different education sites. These were West Lakes Academy at Egremont, Whitehaven Academy, St Benedict’s School in Whitehaven, Hensingham Day Centre and the Copeland Occupational and Social Centre at Cleator Moor.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “As a result of a routine inspection by the DVSA, the council has decided to temporarily suspend one of its school transport contracts.

“Alternative arrangements are in place to transport children from affected routes to school, pending the outcome of further discussions with the contractor.”

A spokesman for the DVSA said: “We were involved in an operation where 16 vehicles were checked at five different sites.”

He added there were a number of faults found on several of the vehicles – defective brakes, tyre damage, fuel leak and an insecure door.