Remember Speedwellbus withdrawing service S50 between Ashton and Mossley in April this year? So did the North West Deputy Traffic Commissioner, and she wasn’t impressed. The current issue of Route One trade magazine (414) reports that the company has been given a penalty of £5,600 for not operating a registered service after having been refused a “short notice cancellation”. She was not satisfied that Speedwell had shown a reasonable excuse for the cancellation; that to find “reasonable excuse” would be unfair to bus operators who operated within the rules; and that she did not want to risk setting a precedent which would allow any operator who had lost money to cancel services at short notice without appropriate arrangements being made.
Thanks to Rob for the pointer.