A CUMNOCK and Auchinleck based minibus and taxi firm has been stripped its license by Scotland’s senior traffic commissioner

Norrie Donis, trading as A1 LUX, had the company’s operators licence revoked after breaches regarding tachograph records – which show driving time.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency launched an investigation into drivers’ hours and tachograph records for the operator last July – with records from October 2019 to March 2020 found to be ‘wholly unsatisfactory’.

Failings included tachographs not being calibrated since 2011, with vehicle units also not downloaded, in one case for 1,066 days.

On 120 occasions between October 2019 and March 2020 vehicles had been driven without a card being inserted by the driver, with instances found of drivers’ cards being removed during a booking.

Mr Donis carried out 32 private hires without a valid driver’s CPC.

Deputy traffic commissioner Anthony Seculer said: “Each drove on numerous occasions knowingly without tachograph records. In doing so they demonstrated a disregard for the legal requirements and for the safety of passengers and other road users.”