A clerical error resulted in more than 20 buses being taken off the road in Warrington this morning because they didn’t have a valid MOT certificate.
Warrington’s Own Buses moved quickly to rectify the issue bringing in replacement buses while the MOT work is carried out on the vehicles affected.
A company spokesperson said: “Buses were temporarily exempted from MOT during the Covid pandemic and it would appear this has led to a clerical error with the extended test dates.
“We responded immediately to this issue and would like to reassure customers that buses are maintained to the highest standards, with an average 100% MOT first time pass rate.
“Buses are regularly inspected every month as a matter of course and our maintenance system is independently audited.”
More than 40 bus services were cancelled in the town before 9am this morning, Wednesday, due to ‘operational issues’.
It is understood a senior member of staff has since resigned due to the clerical error.
It is the latest issue to impact the company which is urgently seeking new drivers due to shortages resulting in last minute cancellations when staff test positive for COVID-19.
The company is currently actively recruiting.
For more details visit https://www.warringtonsownbuses.co.uk/careers
@warringtonnews @warringtonworld @WarringtonBC Something needs to be done about this. 40 bus journeys already not running today by 9 am, this isn't a Company providing anything like a service pic.twitter.com/OnNYFIuO6F
— Pauline (@P_B_2_3) November 24, 2021