Croydon Coaches (UK) Ltd loses licence

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Following a stop check by a DVSA official in February 2017 which led to a full investigation into the operator in March that year, Croydon Coaches UK Ltd (trading as Coaches Excetera) has had its operator’s licence revoked due to concerns over the state of the company’s structure, record keeping and maintenance systems as well as drivers hours irregularities.

Croydon Coaches
One of the company’s Mercedes-Benz Tourismos on Cornwall Street, Edinburgh. DAVID OAKLEY

During the investigation it was found that the company did not have procedures in place, or that procedures were not being followed, in relation to scheduling/planning of drivers’ journeys and duties, analysis of data, action on infringements, compliance with the Working Time Directive, driver licence checks and operator licence detail accuracy. Procedures which existed relating to driver CPC training, data storage and tachograph downloads were also deemed inadequate.

The Traffic Commissioner (TC) also highlighted the lack of clarity over links between Croydon Coaches (UK) Ltd and Atbus, BETC and CETC, with instances of vehicles and drivers appearing to be working for more than one company, and with inconsistencies in drivers contracts and pay slips.

Former Director Sirichai Trilertwong and Director Giampierro Alessandro Mazza have been disqualified from involvement with the management, administration or control of an entity which holds an operator’s licence for a period of six years, Mr Mazza having also lost his repute as Transport Manager and been further disqualified from holding that role for the same time period.



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