‘Shot across the bows’ for Thandi Coaches

first_imgIn cutting the licence held by Smethwick-based Thandi Coaches by seven vehicles for three weeks, Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton described it as “a shot across the company’s bows”.The firm, with a 22-vehicle international licence, had been called before the TC at a Birmingham Public Inquiry after five of its drivers were found to have driven various distances without a card in their digital tachographs. The TC was also considering action against the one-vehicle international HGV licence held by Solihull-based Citywise Logistics, whose sole Director Vajshi Ranavaya was Thandi Coaches Transport Manager (TM).Traffic Examiner (TE) Tracy Love said that the company’s tachograph analysis, using an outside agency, had left a lot to be desired. Nobody was targeting the driver cards. It should have been done by the TM, but he had not even been recording his TM duties as other work when driving his own HGV. Sole Director Sukhi Singh Thandi, who should have ensured it was done, and his twin brother Ajmar Singh Thandi, who ran Thandi Transport which operated service buses, were both very enthusiastic. However, they had been in the game for some time. They had become complacent and training had fallen by the wayside. She accepted that the new system in place provided missing mileage reports.Sukhi Thandi said that they worked on a 13-hour spread over and if anything was over 13 hours, two drivers were put on. All the drivers got job sheets in hand, so if they thought there was a problem they could raise it. Digital tachographs were now used on school runs and the driver cards were downloaded every 24 hours, using radios direct to his laptop.  Units were downloaded every month.The TC said that as with so many operators there had been a failure to match up driver card data with unit data. That was one of the drivers’ hours checking tasks to be done by a TM.For the company, Jim Marsh said that what they had thought was being done by the analysis bureau was not as there were no missing mileage reports.The TC said that the drivers had been abusing the system and that should have been picked up and nipped in the bud. Apart from that it appeared to be a well-run operation.Giving Vajshi Ranavaya a warning, the TC said that he had not done what he would have expected of a TM, but he had not been alone in not realising that.After Mr Ranavaya had said that he did not have a vehicle specified on his HGV O-Licence and that he hired in only very rarely, the TC pointed out that a holder of an O-Licence was required to have a vehicle available at all times. However, he was prepared to be flexible and Mr Ranavaya agreed to either specify a vehicle on the licence by January or surrender it.last_img read more

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Improve product understanding and promote good practice with the right training

first_imgAs part of its commitment to customer service, Unwin offers accessible transport professionals a range of training sessions to improve product understanding and promote good practice.For transport operatives, training is offered on using Unwin wheelchair tie-downs and passenger restraints safely and correctly. A series of free training videos are available on the Unwin YouTube channel, with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.Unwin’s in-house training facility provides a comfortable learning environment for all participants. The fully equipped training room contains all the latest Unwin products to facilitate a comprehensive training programme.Its Intermediate Training is aimed at drivers and passenger assistants with experience in the accessible transport sector, who seek to develop their product knowledge or wish to refresh their skills and keep up to date with ongoing product development.Training days are scheduled at Unwin’s Somerset HQ on 13 March, 24 April, 15 May, 12 June and 17 July 2019.www.unwinsafety.comlast_img read more

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TfL to examine London DRT as Chariot criticised

first_imgSouth London residents claim that Chariot is contributing to congestionTransport for London (TfL) has announced that it is to explore the potential of demand responsive transport (DRT) to grow public transport use – despite the Chariot concept having already been strongly criticised by residents of areas that it serves.TfL has approached bus operators and technology companies. Its DRT trial is set to use minibuses in a part of outer London, supplementing the existing bus network.Meanwhile, residents in South London claim that the Chariot network has not been properly thought through and that it is contributing to congestion.last_img read more

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Alpine Travel wins Tripadvisor award for Marine Drive tour

first_imgAlpine Travel has won a 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for its Marine Drive tour around the Great Orme in Llandudno.Recognition for Alpine Travel is based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews submitted prior to any changes caused by the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The award places the Marine Drive tour among the top 10% of attractions worldwide.Says Alpine Travel Managing Director Chris Owens: “This is fantastic news, and at such a difficult time we are delighted to receive this award. Our Marine Drive tour is always very popular, and to receive this Travellers’ Choice Award demonstrates that.“We are very proud to be recognised in this way. Our wonderful drivers, who very much enjoy taking visitors around the landmark of the Great Orme, will be thrilled to know that their excellent customer service, informative commentary and unique tour has been placed in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. It is a fantastic achievement.”Adds Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor: “Although it has been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are winners well deserving, but they are also a great source of inspiration for travellers as the world begins to venture out again.”Alpine Travel usually operates the Marine Drive tour with a Duple Britannia-bodied Leyland Cub that was new in 1958. It has been driven by John Williams (pictured) for around 15 years and departs three times per day.last_img read more

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Indiana’s private employment numbers reach new high

first_img Twitter Indiana’s private employment numbers reach new high By Tommie Lee – July 25, 2019 0 243 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocal (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) Indiana hit record-high numbers for Hoosiers working in private employment in June.The Department of Workforce Development says private employment numbers in the state bested the previous record, set in February, reaching more than 2,750,000.The biggest employment gains in June came from the Private Educational and Health Services, and the Professional and Business Services sectors. Between them, they added 6,100 jobs.Workforce Development says the strong numbers are “a testament to the state’s business-friendly climate.” Previous articleJet-setter: Buttigieg leads 2020 Dems in private flightsNext articleIndiana regional food banks share state funding Tommie Leelast_img read more

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South Bend man sentenced for weapons charge connected to drug trafficking

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest South Bend man sentenced for weapons charge connected to drug trafficking (“Court Gavel – Judge’s Gavel – Courtroom” by wp paarz, CC BY-SA 2.0) A South Bend man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.Dedric Strickland, 41, was ordered to serve 60 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.According to court documents, in January, a search warrant was executed at a South Bend residence where Strickland and others were located.During the search, crack cocaine and a loaded handgun were found in the room where Strickland was staying.A loaded AK-47 rifle with the stock sawed off was located in a room on the first floor of the home.Strickland admitted to selling crack cocaine out of the home.Strickland used these firearms to protect the drugs, proceeds of drug sales, and the people at the house where the drug dealing was taking place.This case is being investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department. WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – July 25, 2019 0 243 Pinterest Google+ Previous articleWater levels to go down on Lake Michigan, but remain higher than normalNext articleEast Jackson Blvd. in Elkhart reopening to traffic Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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2 sworn in as Notre Dame’s 1st full-time female firefighters

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two women have been sworn in as the University of Notre Dame Fire Department’s first full-time female firefighters.The South Bend Tribune reports 42-year-old Michelle Woolverton and 37-year-old Christi Shibata started as firefighters over the summer with the department, which got its start 140 years ago.The department’s Fire Chief Bruce Harrison said they have passion for the job, empathy and a determination to serve others.Woolverton joined the department in 2010 as an on-call EMT. She later worked for the university’s Building Services department and says: “I just love helping people.”Shibata joined the department as a part-time firefighter in 2018 after previously working at a physical therapy clinic in Petoskey, Michigan. She says she “always wanted to be the one who can lend a helping hand.”___Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – September 23, 2019 0 233 2 sworn in as Notre Dame’s 1st full-time female firefighters Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleBREAKING: Part of SR. 23 Closed Due To Water Main BreakNext articleOne Man Shot in Benton Township Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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Derivative market head banking on the euro

first_imgEven before the single currency appears – in just nine months’ time to be exact – the exchange will open a new alternative contract to the three-month Pibor which will be paid and settled in euro. This originally named Euribor will offer investors a choice.“We will leave it open to customers whether they wish to move their open interest existing in the Pibor into the new maturity of the Euribor,” says Pfauwadel.For those taking an interest in the French government’s longer-term debt, MATIF will offer the same choice. From next year, instead of simply buying the contract to deliver a specified amount of ten-year bonds, investors will be able to choose between this and a euro option.“This means that we are already positioned for the two main possibilities that the markets will offer next year,” says MATIF’s president.If the markets decide that EMU is definitely going ahead, they will buy French bonds and sell German ones so that the gap between the interest rates on the two will narrow.If their growing scepticism turns out to be justified, they will do the opposite and choose to buy the French franc bonds rather than the euro issue. In MATIF – le marché à terme international de France – Gérard Pfauwadel heads an enterprise which has already gambled a pile of cash on the certainty that the French franc will be replaced by the euro on 1 January 1999.“Because we have no doubt that the franc will be converted into euro, we have already decided that all our existing products will be paid and delivered in euro after 1999,” he says. “We are completely dedicated to this strategy.”MATIF, like other financial derivatives markets from Chicago to Tokyo, specialises in the trading of futures and options contracts. These allow investors to cover themselves against heavy losses in stock, bond and commodity markets or bet on future events.Pfauwadel and his market have already placed their bets. If EMU kicks off on time, the gains for MATIF could be enormous, allowing the Paris exchange to become the market-place for contracts in euro ranging from three-month interest rates all the way to ten-year bonds – the so-called ‘euro yield-curve’. With its eye on the prize as the details of the transition to the single currency began to take shape last year, MATIF established a specialist panel to plan a strategy for its own change-over.The exchange always had one aim in mind: to give itself a competitive edge over the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), its much bigger rival.Two weeks ago, another prong to its strategy emerged with the news that MATIF had formed an operational alliance with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange.“From 1 January 1999, all the French financial markets, tools, products and machinery will convert to euro,” says Pfauwadel. “This will definitely not be the case for London for political reasons and, even in Frankfurt, they have not decided whether they will convert all instruments to euro from day one.”But MATIF decided to take the plunge and staked its reputation on that of its country’s politicians.“LIFFE is much bigger at least in part because we are based in the French capital markets, which are much smaller,” explains Pfauwadel. “But, in monetary union, we would have a huge capital market and could become the leader right along the euro yield-curve.”Already, MATIF is offering to settle its three-month French franc interest rate contract, known as Pibor, in euro from March 1999.Although LIFFE is doing the same for its three-month deutschemark interest rate contract, MATIF claims to have gone one step further.center_img “Whatever happens, we have the two instruments and the market will decide to take either one or the other,” says Pfauwadel.He does not want to think about the possibility that EMU will not go ahead on time, but he knows that, regardlessof events, the financial exchanges themselves can never be losers.“If there is an additional year, the volatility of the markets would ensure that what we lost on wasted investment would be compensated by beautiful markets.”last_img read more

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Quite a job keeping up

first_imgWhen Luxembourger Joseph Lentz left his post as the budget section’s deputy director-general, the betting was that his assistant Elda Stifani would take his place.She has since been given the director’s job in the translation service so the budget post remains unfilled, although it has now been downgraded to a simple directorship.To make matters even more complicated, the post of deputy director-general (the old budget job) has now been transferred to the French-headed legal service, where it has been taken by Antonio Sacchettini.last_img read more

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Danes aim for a close alliance with euro

first_imgAlthough Copenhagen has opted not to join economic and monetary union in the first wave, the government is neverthelesslooking for the Danish krone to have a tight trading relationship with the new currency.Denmark’s hopes of a favourable reaction from the new ECB should be reinforced by the government’s budget for next year,which aims to put a brake on an economy showing signs of overheating. Curbs on local government spending and the boomingconstruction sector should be central points of the new spending plans.Copenhagen wants the ECB to agree a tight trading band for the krone and euro in a tailor-made official link which wouldreplace its current close relationship with the deutschemark. Shadowing the deutschemark has been the hallmark of Danish policy for the past decade and the desire for a strong link to astrong currency remains the mainstay of the government’s economic approach, in spite of a worrying decline in Danish exportsand a fall in the country’s balance of payments surplus.J¿rgen Hansen, director of Denmark’s industry organisation, spoke out last week against any devaluation of the krone and calledfor it to fluctuate within a band of around 1% against the euro. “We must be pegged to the euro at present exchange rates. Wewant as small a fluctuation as possible. We are used to Swedish devaluations and in the long term they worked against them,”he said.The new Exchange Rate Mechanism link will be closely scrutinised by the ECB, as the bank would have to come to the rescueif the krone came under attack from speculators.Narrow currency trading bands, albeit much more generous than those which the Danes are looking for, were blown apart in1993 by massive currency movements. The bands were widened to 15% for all the countries which remained in the batteredmechanism, apart from the Dutch.Afterwards, it was claimed that wider bands would discourage speculation – a justification which appears to have beenvindicated over time.However, Denmark’s monetary policy-makers dismiss any suggestion that the krone is now setting itself up for speculativeattack and question the official European view that the ERM’s narrow bands had to be sacrificed to discourage speculation.last_img read more

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