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Two Lanarkshire-based bus firms disqualified indefinitely

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Image caption Both firms have been disqualified indefinitely from running services

Two Lanarkshire-based bus firms have been disqualified by the Traffic Commissioner over unreliable services.

Stonehouse Coaches and A Trip in Time Ltd, both of Larkhall, had their licences revoked with immediate effect.

A public inquiry held in Edinburgh in February heard that director Brian Cutmore was a "controlling presence" of both firms' licences.

Commissioner Joan Aitken said: "I now have to conclude he cannot be trusted with an operator's licence."

She said this applied "in the capacity of owner, director or transport manager".

Indefinite disqualification

The commissioner said: "Disqualification will be indefinite. For him public service vehicle operating is over.

"He must accept that and I hope he can move to another way of earning his living."

Mr Cutmore's daughter, Stephanie, who was a director with Stonehouse Coaches, was disqualified from operating a licence for two years.

The public inquiry heard evidence of services not running; timetables not being followed; passengers being dropped off at points where there was no bus stop; tickets not being issued where payment had been made; and allegations of overcharging.

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