Devon

Safety spot checks for Carmel school buses

  • 16 June 2014
  • From the section Devon

Spot checks will take place on school buses operated by a coach company in Devon amid safety fears.

Carmel Coaches will have its licence revoked from 31 July after a watchdog found serious defects.

Devon County Council said it would also make spot-checks "until the end of term, or as and when routes can be covered by a different operator".

One of Carmel's vehicles was involved in a coach crash at Looe in Cornwall on 13 May in which two people died.

The authority sent in independent examiners last week to check 22 vehicles owned by the company.

Several minor defects were found like bulbs not working and a twisted seat belt but they have now been rectified, said the council.

The Traffic Commissioner, who chose to revoke the licence, said she had gathered her evidence before the crash and her decision did not reflect the incident.

Carmel is appealing against the commissioner's decision.

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