Stevenage’s Chambers Coaches to face public inquiry
PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 28 February 2018
Long-running Stevenage coach firm Chambers Coaches is to face a government inquiry to determine whether it has broken transport laws and must have its operating licences suspended.
The company had celebrated its golden jubilee in 2016, but was taken over by new owner Robert Krueger in January 2017 after long-term owners Martin Chambers and Debra Tidey decided to step down.
In June 2017 the firm hit problems which forced it to cancel many trips, most notably leaving John Henry Newman School pupils stranded on the school pick up run.
This week a notice of public inquiry has been issued by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner demanding the firm face an inquiry at Eastbrook House in Cambridge on March 13.
The inquiry will consider whether Chambers Coaches Ltd itself should face disciplinary action under the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 or the Transport Act 1985.
When Mr Kreuger took over Chambers he set up a parent company called Varsity Transport Holdings Ltd to manage Chambers and another coach firm he owns called Eclipse Coaches Ltd.
Eclipse will also be subject to the inquiry which will investigate whether it should be disciplined for breaching the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 and the Transport Act 1985.
All three companies remain active according to information held at Companies House, but the Comet understands Chambers left its home at Jacks Hill Park in Graveley in December. The yard on Great North Road is set to be taken over by Landmark Coaches.