Breaking News: Operating licence of Lavender Line Travel in Ilkeston revoked
A LOCAL coach firm has been ordered off the road by the region's traffic commissioner after drivers were allowed to work on school runs without taking their legal rest breaks.
The operating licence held by Lavender Line Travel, which traded from Cotmanhay in Ilkeston, was revoked by Beverley Bell after a public inquiry into the firm's driver and safety standards.
The industry regulator heard that one employee had worked for 13 days without taking a weekly rest and had failed to keep proper records of his school runs – a legal requirement for drivers and operators.
Investigators also reported another driver for working eight days without taking the appropriate weekly rest.
Commenting after the hearing traffic commissioner Beverley Bell said: "Fortunately, cases requiring such urgent action are rare. As soon as it came to my attention, this operator was fast tracked to a public inquiry.
"In making the order for immediate closure of the business, I had to take vehicles off the road immediately as I could not risk passengers – mostly school pupils – being carried in unsafe vehicles and by an illegal operator."