New licence sought for Express Motors

A woman whose family ran Express Motors which lost its license to operate bus services in Gwynedd appeared at a public inquiry, before Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, last week, seeking a new operator’s licence.

Mrs Rhian Wyn Davies, a former Welsh Ambulance Service employee, is the daughter of former owners Eric and Jean Jones and her brothers Kevin and Ian ran the company.

The new company, to be known as EMC, had identified 20 buses and three coaches previously operated by Express Motors, which it aims to take on. The firm is seeking permission to operate up to 15 buses. It will have 23 vehicles available and will employ around 20 drivers plus workshop and office staff.

She has said her family’s company was a “shambles” and wanted to start a new firm, Express Motors Caernarfon (EMC). She told the inquiry at Welshpool, Powys that she would run the company with her husband Irfon and she was “not a front” for her family’s old firm.

The hearing was also told that Express Motors had been borrowing a licence from another operator to take school children to swimming lessons earlier this month. DVSA traffic examiner Nia Daniel said she visited Eifion’s Coaches in Anglesey, and was told Kevin Jones, the former transport manager at Express Motors, had contacted them and asked to take two buses onto their insurance and to carry out work on their behalf.

Mrs Davies said Mr Jones was still attending the premises in early January, and was “interfering” in the setting up of the new business. The nominated Transport Manager Dilwyn Roberts had issued an ultimatum that either Kevin Jones stop attending the premises or he would leave.

The Traffic Commissioner will give a written decision within four weeks.

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