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.
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.