The Skiers Lodge,Express Airport Transfers (Europe) and TLS (Wales) Ltd see licences revoked and refused

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Decision reached after firm failed to operate registered local bus service

The Skiers Lodge and Express Airport Transfers (Europe) have seen their licence revoked, and TSL (Wales) Ltd has seen its licence refused in a written decision by Traffic Commissioner for Wales (TC) Nick Jones.

The TC said of The Skiers Lodge Ltd that the operator had failed to operate a local bus service that it registered with him under section 26(1)(a) of the Transport Act 1985.

In addition it operated this service outside of the timings in which it registered with the TC.

The TC found the operator no longer satisfied the requirement to be of good repute or professionally competent.

Its licence was subsequently revoked with effect from 0001hrs on 18 March 2019, and disqualified from holding a licence for an indefinite period.

Andrew Martin, Transport Manager for The Skiers Lodge was also disqualified from holding or applying for an operator’s licence for a period of two years from the date of the public inquiry on 4 October 2018 and he was also found to have lost his repute as a transport manager, and disqualified from holding an operator’s license anywhere in the EU until he re-qualifies by passing fresh examinations.

The Skiers Lodge operated services under the easyCoach.co.uk banner. RICHARD SHARMAN
The Skiers Lodge operated services under the easyCoach.co.uk banner. RICHARD SHARMAN

In relation to TSL (Wales) Ltd’s application for a PSV operator’s licence, the TC found that the applicant failed to satisfy that it was of good repute and professionally competent under 14ZA(2)(b) and schedule 3 of the 1981 Act and 14ZA(2)(d).

The TC stated that the applicant also failed to satisfy on satisfactory arrangements for maintaining vehicles in a fit and serviceable condition, and also satisfactory arrangements to comply with the law regarding the driving and operations of vehicles.

Subsequently its application for an operator’s licence was refused.

The proposed Transport Manager for TSL (Wales) Ltd, John Alan Jackson also lost repute and was disqualified from applying or holding a licence anywhere in the EU until he re-qualifies by passing fresh examinations.

The decisions made in respect to the operator’s licence held by Express Airport Transfers (Europe) Ltd was that the operator no longer satisfied the requirement to be of good repute, was no longer satisfying requirement to be professionally competent and that it no longer had a transport manager who is professionally competent and of good repute.

The operator’s licence was subsequently revoked with effect from 1 April 2019.