Coach firms are not all the same
IN YOUR story of court proceedings against local coach operator Ausden Clark, which saw the company plead guilty to drivers' hours offences ("Court lands coach firm with a bill for £21,015 over safety breaches", Leicester Mercury, October 11), Paul Ausden Clark is reported to have said that such infringements could be detected at "any company like ours".
Well, Woods Coaches of Leicester is definitely not like Ausden Clark, in that it has audited procedures which prevent such offences being committed.
These are serious breaches with potential safety implications, and my company strongly resents the implication that Ausden Clark is in any way representative of this industry.
Woods not only has 100 per cent rating from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency – which brought the case against Ausden Clark – but has a 100 per cent MOT pass rate and has its operation independently audited by the Guild of British Coach Operators, of which Woods Coaches is a member.
Kevin Brown, Managing Director Woods Coaches.
I write in regard to your report on Omid Djalili's recent court appearance ("No joke as comic fined for speeding after gig", Leicester Mercury, October 3).
The real comics are those who charge someone for going 36mph.
Who can tell the difference, especially in the dark?
I was done for 36mph at 9.15pm, in winter, down a slope just turning off a main carriageway.
It goes to how outdated 30mph zones (other than outside schools) really are. One woman was caught the same night going both ways, the camera was obscured by branches and it was dark.
Motorists should hold a strike until this limit is raised to 40mph.
What a money-grabbing country we have now, everyone fleeces the vehicle owner from every direction in tax, insurance and fuel.
M Cumming, Leicester.