Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner has disqualified a Glasgow minibus operator for four years, describing his licence as ‘rotten’ from the start. In a written decision, Joan Aitken said owner Ian Sharp lied to a government enforcement official and then in his initial evidence before her.
She added that Mr Sharp had displayed ignorance of the standards and duties required for someone operating vehicles.
Evidence during a public inquiry revealed that seriously unroadworthy vehicles were being operated on the road, infringements had been committed by drivers and that there was not a supervising transport manager, as required by law.
Miss Aitken remarked: “By his low standards and lack of knowledge, Mr Sharp has exposed others to risk. My view is that he should find a very different line of work and excuse himself from passenger transport.”
The Traffic Commissioner also took action against the individual who Mr Sharp put forward as his transport manager, Robert Quigley.
Miss Aitken disqualified him from acting in that role for life after learning that the arrangement to act as a transport manager was a ‘sham.’