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Bus company owner John Campbell in licence ban

A West Lothian bus company owner has been banned from holding an operator's licence for six years, after he misled a public inquiry.

John Campbell, who runs Vision Travel, was found, in a ruling by the traffic commissioner, to be running more vehicles than he was licensed to.

The commissioner said she believed Mr Campbell, from Linlithgow, had deliberately tried to mislead her.

In January last year John Campbell was running nine buses instead of four.

He had been restricted to four vehicles following a previous inquiry in 2014.

Vision Travel operates school contracts in Maddiston, Bo'ness and Polmont.

The Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken, said in the judgment she believed Mr Campbell deliberately tried to mislead the public inquiry into the operation of the coach business and that he had shown disrespect for the licensing regime.

She said he had also failed to observe rules on driver's hours and proper record keeping.

The commissioner has disqualified Mr Campbell from the industry for six years, banning him from holding an operators licence or being a director or partner in a business with an operating licence.

To avoid Falkirk Council needing to find emergency replacement buses for three schools until the end of term, the ban will not come in immediately but on 30 June.

Miss Aitken said: "I am in no doubt that Mr Campbell was not truthful at the public inquiry and that through poor record keeping he thwarted a true picture emerging of his operation and in particular private hire work. I find that Mr Campbell at the public inquiry deliberately attempted to mislead."

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