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May 30 2018
By Mel Holley

Mel was routeONE magazine’s Editor until autumn 2018. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

CTO fined £600 for ‘s19 abuse’

South Wales Police has fined a community transport operator (CTO) for operating a local authority schools contract with a Section 19 (s19) permit.

The fines have been cited as an example of the “confusion” caused by the DfT’s proposed reforms to community transport regulations.

Neath-based DANSA Integrated Community Transport was fined £600 after a police spot check outside a primary school.

DANSA was told by police that it should be operating under an O-Licence, and was issued with penalty notices of £300 per vehicle.

DANSA and the Community Transport Association (CTA) declined to comment because the police case is continuing. 

Neath Port Talbot Council says: “The contracts were awarded in line with [Section] 5.1 of the DfT updated guidance of 1 February 2018 on Section 19 and 22 permits.”

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