Bus company Philip's Coaches of Alford 'cannot be trusted'

An Aberdeenshire bus company has been told it is being put out of business following an inquiry into safety.

Scotland's Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken said she could not trust the running of Philip's Coaches of Alford.

Aberdeenshire Council had terminated the firm's 18 school contracts and one local bus service in January.

Miss Aitken said of operator Richard Philip: "It is proportionate and appropriate that I put this operator out of business."

An inquiry had heard of incidents including brake defects.

'Deeply concerned'

Miss Aitken ruled: "Mr Philip and his company have fallen below the standards required.

"I can repose no trust in Mr Philip."

She explained: "I was deeply concerned by the evidence brought to me by Aberdeenshire Council.

"The council and its public transport team work very hard to secure safe transportation for the children.

"It appears that Mr Philip simply cannot achieve the standards required and any undertakings and assurances cannot be trusted."

Miss Aitken also warned Mr Philip to avoid any plans to get back into operating through another business name or entity.

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