Bus firm given safety warning

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Transport bosses have slapped a Castleford bus operator with a formal warning following a public inquiry into its safety standards.

M Travel, based at Carr Wood Industrial Estate, was reprimanded by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner after an investigation into its vehicles found three mechanical defects in the space of four days.

A public inquiry last month heard how the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency discovered a damaged passenger seat, which could have caused injury, and leaking engine oil, which posed a fire risk .

The inquiry was told the firm, which runs services to St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School in Featherstone, Brigshaw High School in Allerton Bywater and Carleton Community High School, had responded positively to the findings and agreed to complete further training.

But commissioner Kevin Rooney ordered that maintenance staff must have training on inspecting public service vehicles.

Darren Mayes, managing director for M Travel, said: “The commissioner was satisfied that we had put all this right.

“We would reiterate that our vehicles are maintained to a very high standard and in now way should our visit to the public inquiry give anyone any concerns about our vehicles.”

St Wilfrid’s and Brigshaw High declined to comment on the findings.

Helen Bolton, headteacher at Carleton High, said pupil safety was paramount and “under no circumstances” would the school’s students be allowed to travel on “substandard” buses.