Viking Travel L647AYS, Tutbury Station, 18-08-2018
A bit of heritage fun travel, we caught this from Derby to Tutbury to catch the train to Crewe. It's a while since I've been on a B10M!
Unknown to me at the time, this operator was already operating on a curtailed licence due to maintenance issues, and had attended a further Public Inquiry on 25th June, along with associated companies Coach and Bus Leicester and Abbey Travel (although the latter ceased operation on June 8th). While the Viking licence survived with a final formal warning on maintenance, the Coach and Bus Leicester licence was revoked from 24th September on financial standing grounds, with the Traffic Commisioner being concerned that money was being switched between the companies to maintain the appeareance of adequate financial standing.
While the operation of older vehicles is of interest to those of us in the enthusiast community, their maintenance is more intensive than for newer vehicles (although they have their own difficulties), while potential hire rates for them are lower, and a careful balance is required to ensure that legal requirements are met.
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