“SORRY PASSENGERS – OUR BUS HAS JUST BEEN CLAMPED”

The Vale Council subsidised No 89 New Adventure Travel buses leave from Penarth Town Centre and travel via the Marina to Cardiff. The bus on the route yesterday allegedly didn’t have its Vehicle Excise Duty up to date.

Passengers on board the regular No 89 bus which runs between Penarth and Cardiff via Penarth Marina  say that their bus was stopped by the police and clamped for an alleged Vehicle Excise Duty infringement.

The bus had been due to call at Penarth Inner Basin before continuing its journey to  Cardiff but eyewitnesses say the police pounced when the bus reached the bottom of Dock Hill.

When vehicl;es are clamped statutory notices are stuck to the windscreens – warning drivers not to move them

Passengers already on the bus – and those waiting for it to arrive further along Penarth Portway –  were left stranded. Eyewitnesses said it was being alleged that the bus did not have up-to-date VED and was clamped at the roadside.

It been confirmed that a DVLA clamping unit was sighted in Penarth patrolling the St Augustine’s area at about the time of the reported incident.

The No 89 Bus is a subsidised scheduled service part-funded by the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council . It has been criticised by passengers for not running to time and for using poor quality vehicles.

Previous operators of the same service said that the “speed humps” and “speed platforms” installed on roads in Penarth Marina exacted a heavy toll on on their vehicles causing frequent breakdowns

The operators –  New Adventure Travel (NAT) – said today that they had no comment to make regarding the incident.

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21 Responses to “SORRY PASSENGERS – OUR BUS HAS JUST BEEN CLAMPED”

  1. AK says:

    No one from the operators – New Adventure Travel (NAT) – was available to provide further details of the incident

    But it is understood that they will soon be looking for a new transport manager!

    Am I correct in thinking that if a vehicle is not taxed them its insurance is not valid ?

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    Good early morning laugh-I recently caught the bus which travels to Cardiff around the houses and Llandough Hospital-I am surprised any drivers or buses cope-the speed humps and bumpy roads must take an awful toll-like being on an old Wells Fargo wagon in USA!

  3. Brickie says:

    Surely the police could have contacted the company direct rather than inconveniencing a good number of passengers on this once-hourly service. It was clearly an administerial error. (I’m actually surprised that they aren’t zero-rated anyway since they are so valuable to the community.)

    • AK says:

      Administrative Error – I’m sure the insurance company would accept that and pay out multiple claims in an accident.

      Zero rated ? It’s an emissions charge !

      • Vince says:

        Emissions charge? I thought that was paid for at the pump. And how exactly has all this money been used to fix the emissions problem?
        Road fund tax as the name implies was to build and maintain our roads. Looking around Penarth I don’t see much of that happening.

      • Ian Perry says:

        In reply to Vince. What is “Road Fund Tax”, and who pays it? There is Vehicle Excise Duty, but this does not go towards paying for road maintenance.

    • Vicky M says:

      Not tax means no insurance, so the police did the right thing to stop the bus because if it was involved in an accident and a passenger was injured then that person would not be covered by insurance either.

  4. Cllr Clive Williams MBE Leader Penarth First Independents says:

    Who issued the licence for this bus to be on the road. ? With no Tax, what about the insurance. ?

  5. sjleworthy says:

    Thats fantastic 🙂

  6. Plainjane says:

    There’s an a seemingly abandoned & vandalised no tax or insurance car on Paget Terrace that has been there for months. Has been reported by many to DVLA, council & Police – if DVLA were in the area shame that didn’t deal with it

  7. Peter Church says:

    New Adventure Travel (NAT) do seem a bit like cowboys, remember the sexist adverts?
    These NAT buses are driven in some, let say questionable ways, too fast and too rough.
    No wonder all their buses look like the were bought second hand in 1980’s East Germany

  8. snoggerdog says:

    if our local dibble went around town now & again they could “pounce” til they dropped!

  9. Frank Evans says:

    Never get the 95 into cardiff. 55 mins and went via everywhere. I thought it was a candid camera stunt.

  10. penarthblog says:

    I’ve never had a problem with NAT buses and I use them frequently. They are fairly clean and with friendly drivers and are reliable except for the times when parents are dropping off or picking up their children from school on Pill St, then they are sometimes delayed, but that’s life!!

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