South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway bus firms have licences revoked

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Two Dumfries and Galloway bus firms have had their licences revoked by the traffic commissioner.

It means the operations of James King Coaches and ABC Travel (Castle Douglas) will come to an end on 11 July.

Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken said both firms had failed to meet mandatory financial standing requirements.

She said there was "no joy" when a family business and its staff faced such a situation but she had "no option" but to revoke the licences.

ABC Travel operates from Kirkcowan and Stranraer while James King is run from Castle Douglas.

A public inquiry was held into both operators in May this year.

As a result Ms Aitken ruled the companies must cease to operate.

"I shall be as lenient as I can in relation to the effective date and will let them complete this term's school contracts," she said.

"Thus the revocation date will be 23:59 on 11 July 2014.

"At that date, all registered services will terminate."