Howard Snaith contracts pulled

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Officials at Northumberland County Council have terminated its contracts with Howard Snaith and Partners of Otterburn, ChronicleLive has reported.

10 of the operator’s drivers have admitted creating false tachograph records and a company director admitted to perverting the course of justice at a York Crown Court trial.

The county council has confirmed that it has cancelled all 26 of the home to school contracts it had with the company and the seven supported public bus services.

A spokesperson from the council said: “The county council has taken a decision to terminate all its contracts with the Otterburn based bus operator Howard Snaith for the provision of home to school transport and supported public bus services.

“This decision has been made in light of the outcome of the recent crown court trial.

“The routes will be re-tendered in an orderly but speedy manner over the next few weeks and new transport providers appointed as a matter of priority.

“Parents and schools will be informed in advance of any changes to transport provider. In the meantime Howard Snaith will continue to operate its transport routes.”