16 July 2009

Trathens in the dock


"The company has entered not guilty pleas to the charges”



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Trathen, Plymouth (DN) HSK 659 (by Iantherev) ©Ian Kirby (IantheRev Flickr)
Trathens is in the news for all the wrong reasons. It is to face 26 charges of having its drivers work over hours and misuse of tachographs. The company has entered not guilty pleas to the charges. Drivers allegedly failed to take proper rest periods and failed to complete their tachograph records properly, mostly in April last year. Eight drivers pleaded guilty to various offences at a previous hearing. Trathens, based in Burrington Way, will face a two-day trial on November 9 and November 10.
This is Plymouth

Having said that Trathens is in the dock, the Trathens name is disappearing. There is a new application for an operating licence:
PH1089775 SI
PARK'S OF HAMILTON (COACH HIRERS) LTD
T/A PARKS OF HAMILTON
Director(s): GERARD DONNACHIE, WILLIAM CUMMING, IAN BARRON MACKAY, HUGH MCATEER, DOUGLAS IRELAND PARK.
14 BOTHWELL ROAD HAMILTON ML3 0AY
Operating Centre: PARKS OF HAMILTON, WALKHAM BUSINESS PARK, BURRINGTON WAY PLYMOUTH PL5 3LS
Authorisation:47 Vehicle(s).
Transport Manager(s): PHILLIP RICHARD HOLMES.
Apparently the Trathens names have been replaced at the depot already! The company has been owned by Parks for quite a few years now so I suppose its amazing that the name has lasted as long as it has. Still, its sad to see it go.

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