Directors of Sevenoaks bus firm, County Connect Ltd, Jordan Cousins and Alexander Edwards, have been disqualified from operating vehicles for seven years by the London and South East of England Traffic Commissioner, Sarah Bell, who also revoked the company’s licence to carry passengers, following a public inquiry last month in Eastbourne. In a written decision, Miss Bell said she did not trust the company or its directors to operate in a compliant manner moving forward. She also disqualified Alexander Edwards for seven years in his capacity as the firm’s transport manager. The company operated bus services to Tunbridge Wells, Borough Green, Tonbridge, the Bluewater shopping centre, Ightham, Wateringbury, Maidstone and Sevenoaks.
The Traffic Commissioner remarked, ‘Mr Edwards failed to exercise continuous and effective management of the compliance systems and instead used part of that time to manipulate the system for commercial gain. In doing so, he has shown a reckless disregard for road safety, fair competition and the regulatory regime as a whole. Those are not the actions of a person capable of exercising the important duties of a reputable transport manager.’