Harlow operators see licences revoked

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Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the Eastern Traffic Area, Miles Dorrington, has taken action against the licences of three Harlow-based operators.

Road Runner Buses Ltd (15 vehicles), Townlink Buses Ltd (30 vehicles) and Olympus Bus & Coach Ltd (12 vehicles) have each been revoked with effect from 2359hrs on February 26, 2016. Each of them was found to be not of appropriate financial standing, while Road Runner and Townlink were also found to not be professionally competent.

Road Runner was fined £6,000, Townlink Buses fined £14,250 and Olympus Bus & Coach Limited fined £4,800. Each of the operators performed poorly during bus monitoring exercises, with one instance of a 100% failure to operate at all (Townlink) and another of operating an unregistered service (Road Runner).

Two transport managers, Carmelo Antonio Marino and Martin Upton, lost their good repute and were disqualified. Mr Marino was disqualified for 12 months, while Mr Upton was disqualified for six. The repute of all three operators was allowed to remain intact.

All three operators had previously appeared at a PI in 2013, where Olympus and Road Runner received licence curtailments and fines.