we also got this e-mail from tiffin boys school. On the 13 sept 2015:
Headteacher: Mr M D Gascoigne
Earlier this term Mr Gascoigne wrote to you outlining the checks you should take if you are using one of the private minibus services to transport your son to and from Tiffin School.
Yesterday, The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA - part of the Department for Transport) conducted a spot check on some of these mini buses at The Tiffin Girls’ School. They found that a mini bus service operated by Ample Travel was found to be in serious breach of current legislation in a number of areas including licensing, insurance and motor vehicle safety. It has subsequently been removed from the road. I understand that this company also transports some of our students.
If you use these services, please do check with your operator that they comply with current legislation for Public Service Vehicle services (https://www.gov.uk/psv-operator-licences/overview
) and are safe.
All minibus services should be able to provide you with an Operator’s License number. They should also be able to satisfy any questions you pose to them regarding adequate insurance, vehicle compliance and driver suitability.
When making decisions about which travel service to use please ensure that you use reliable sources of information and not rely upon blog or forum reviews.
initially ample travel was missing from their usual pickup spot on Birkenhead avenue (tiffin boys) but yesterday there was no other minibus visible on that road. DVSA is getting strict on such law breaking companies. I know this because I drive my son there every day but not every parent can do that. I have sympathy for them as they have the choice of public transport or fall in the hands of these companies who charge in excess of £10 a day.