Owner of Aberdeen ‘party bus’ firm, Future Limo Buses disqualified for two years over licence breaches
Christopher Greig, the owner of an Aberdeen party bus business has had his licence to operate vehicles revoked by Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner. The company ran pub crawls using its double decker “party bus”, which could be hired out for birthdays, prom nights, stag and hen parties or corporate events.
The vehicle boasted “an interior to rival most nightclubs”, according to the firm’s website, with revellers having full use of red and black leather seats, a karoake machine, 42″ television, fridge, buffet, and mood lighting as they toured Aberdeen bars and nightclubs.
Stonehaven-based Future Limo Bus charged customers and businesses a minimum of £560 for a three hour party, however, it emerged that Mr Greig, 29, had been running the business since late 2013 without a transport manager – a legal requirement for operators.
Mr Greig had not been with a genuine transport manager since late 2013 when the woman previously employed in the post was convicted of money laundering and drug dealing, unrelated to Future Limo Bus. The company had been previously summoned to appear at hearings before the Traffic Commissioner relating to issues with his transport manager.
In a written decision, Joan Aitken, Traffic Commissioner said: “It is not up to an individual as Mr Greig to decide that the law does not apply to him. He is under legal duties as a licence holder and one of them is to tell my office if there is any material change in the operation. Not having a transport manager is a material change. Not keeping records is a breach of the licence undertakings.
“Fair competition is also at the heart of operator licensing and an operator who does not have the money to pay a transport manager and who does not do things properly offends fair competition.”
During the latest inquiry, Miss Aitken also considered the position of Grant Wilson as a transport manager nominated to Mr Greig’s licence. The Traffic Commissioner found that Mr Wilson had never met Mr Greig and ruled that he had not performed the role of transport manager for Mr Greig’s licence.
Mr Greig claimed to have recruited Grant Wilson, the director of a driver hire firm, as his transport manager – Mr Wilson signed a declaration, but Miss Aitken disputed the arrangement.
She said: “Wilson did not meet Mr Greig ever; did not check documentation most notably the driver licence documentation or tachographs or any records required by the licence undertakings. He did not visit the operating centre. No payment was taken. The arrangement was not a genuine one.”
Miss Aitken stressed that Mr Greig had been “very foolish”, but added that she would limit his disqualification period to two years because she did “not wish to be harsh given his youth and his attempt to make a living for himself”.
“What is particularly galling to me as Traffic Commissioner is that Mr Wilson’s business is driver recruitment yet he did not even check to see who was driving for this operator and if that or those drivers held a valid driver’s licence.”
Mr Wilson was disqualified from acting as a transport manager for two years by the Traffic Commissioner. Mr Greig was disqualified for a period of two years with effect from 23:59 hours on 6 August 2016.