21 May 2006

Formal warning for FDC

Back in March I reported that FDC had been called to a Public Inquiry but did not know what it was about. Well now we know:
Bus company First Devon and Cornwall has been given a formal warning by the senior traffic commissioner for Great Britain over its maintenance of its fleet. During a public inquiry held in March, Philip Brown, senior traffic commissioner for Great Britain, heard that five First buses were found to have significant faults during spot-checks. Minor faults were also discovered in about a dozen other buses across the region during checks made by staff from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. Among the minor faults reported were oil and fuel leaks, wear on a nearside axle, damage to passenger seats and an external body panel protruding from a bus.First Devon and Cornwall, which has its headquarters in Plymouth, disputed the allegations and argued that the hearing should not have been called.

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