AWL Minicoaches licence revoked

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In a judgement published on 30 April 2020, Traffic Commissioner for Scotland Clair Gilmore revoked the operator’s licence held by Alan Laughlin T/A AWL Minicoaches with effect from 2345hrs on 30 April 2020. In addition, Alan Laughlin was disqualified from holding or obtaining an operator’s licence in Great Britain for a period of five years and Thomas Walker disqualified for a period of six months from acting as transport manager on any licence, with effect from 2345hrs on 30 April 2020.

Operator Alan Laughlin, T/A AWL Minicoaches, held a standard national PSV operator’s licence authorising the use of two vehicles, granted on 2 June 2015 following a public inquiry (PI). That licence replaced the holder’s previous restricted licence. That PI was called to consider concerns relating to the roadworthiness of the operator’s vehicles, the alleged use of an unauthorised operating centre and a failure to notify changes as required in respect of the licence.

The then Traffic Commissioner (TC) found there to be non-compliance (albeit unspecified) in relation to the restricted licence, but agreed to accept the surrender of the restricted licence and grant the new licence providing the operator heeded the licence undertakings, kept his records up to date and ensured that the non-compliance found in relation to the restricted licence was not repeated. Thomas Walker was appointed Transport Manager on the licence. One full time and one part time driver were employed at the time of the latest PI. […]

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