Firm fined £21,000 for missing the bus on punctuality targets

A BUS firm has been ordered to pay a fine of more than £21,000 for failing to meet the needs of the public. 

Yorkshire Tiger Limited, which runs the 262 service that runs through Dewsbury and Mirfield to Huddersfield, consistently operated at a level significantly below required standards, according to the industry regulator.

The decision to fine the company was taken following a public inquiry in Leeds last month.

It found that one in five bus services operated by the company across Yorkshire failed to meet the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) window of tolerance on punctuality.

The DVSA expects 95 per cent of routes to be a maximum of one minute early and five minutes late.

But evidence showed that across three of Yorkshire Tiger’s four depots it met only 82 per cent of those targets.

Deputy Traffic Commissioner Anthony Seculer concluded that the vast majority of disturbances incurred by the bus operator had been foreseeable.

He imposed a fine of £21,750.

Mr Seculer heard from the firm’s managing director Simon Finnie, who was responsible for the day-to-day running of Yorkshire Tiger.

He said that despite the operator’s explanations and assurances for its performance, it had still not achieved the desired results.

He added: “There is recognition by the operator that the current punctuality performance is not satisfactory and I am satisfied from the witnesses I have heard and the evidence I have seen that there is a genuine commitment from the operator to further improvement.”

The firm has since reviewed its timetables and installed an operations manager at each of its depots.

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