CJG bus ban's back
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• Welsh bus operator Clayton Jones Group has had a revocation order on its licences reinstated by the Transport Tribunal (CM 14-20 December).
The four companies involved are now unable to trade again until an appeal against a decision by the South Wales Deputy Traffic Commissioner comes up before the Transport Trburial, which should be by 7 February. Jones' licence, was revoked for two years on 7 December.
The Tribunal cited a "risk of danger to the public" as the reason for reinstating the revocation order. This followed the High Court suspension of the order four days after it was originally imposed by the Deputy Traffic Commissioner. Jones called the latest decision a "death sentence". If the tribunal decides on appeal to finally lift the ban, Jones will not be entitled to any compensation.
Three rival bus operators have snapped up routes which Clayton Jones formerly operated (CM 14-20 December).
National Welsh and Edwards of Blackwood are competing on two routes, and Cynon Valley Transport are working three other ex-Jones routes. Jones continued to run free services until Christmas. He has already sold some of his fleet of 46 vehicles.